Because of a health scare over the weekend, I had the opportunity to see an image of my heart beating on Sunday. As I watched that muscle working hard to pump blood through my body, I remarked to the technician how amazing it is that this process happens over and over, about 70 times each minute—over 100,000 times each day—day after day and year after year. The technician told me that she has observed the hearts of patients more than 100 years old and had a similar sense of wonder.
We can all be grateful that these bodily functions happen automatically, with little or no thought on our part. Throughout each day, our hearts beat, we breathe, our bodies regulate our temperature and fight off infection. It’s a pretty remarkable set of processes which we usually take for granted.
Three times in King Benjamin’s sermon, he uses the phrase “from day to day.” I was thinking about the connections between these three passages, and what we can learn from them. Here they are:
I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.
And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
In these passages, Benjamin highlights three ways that we can be sustained over time: physically, financially, and spiritually. I think it’s fair to say that in all three areas, it’s easy to take for granted the blessings we receive fairly constantly, which allow us to “live and move and do according to [our] own will.”
Today, I will be grateful for physical health, financial stability, and spiritual sustenance. I will strive not to take for granted the blessings of God in “lending [me] breath,” in allowing me to “have sufficient” resources, and in helping me “[retain] a remission of [my] sins.” I will remember that He not only does these things for me today, but that He has continued to do so “from day to day” for my entire life.