Tomorrow is Ground Hog Day, but this meditation is not about Punxsutawney Phil or the town in Pennsylvania that gives Phil his long, hard-to-spell first name. Rather, I am writing about the 1993 Bill Murray movie that takes place in that hard-to-spell- name town.

            (Spoiler alert) In the movie, each day is the same, exactly the same for everyone except the Bill Murray character, who is the only one noticing that the day repeats itself. He learns from each experience of Ground Hog Day, but no one else around him does. If he tries to explain what is happening to others, the next day none of them remember what he has said.

            The concept is rather depressing, much like Murray’s character’s own life. Talk about being in rut!

            For me every day is unique and filled with new possibilities. Yes, I repeat some of the same types of activities, but each seems to be totally new. My prayer is that everyone will discover variety and possibility with each new day, beginning today. Why wait for Ground Hog Day?

‘A new day will dawn on us from above because our God is loving and merciful.’

Luke 1:78


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