“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Thought for the Day:
Do you remember the words to the last verse of “Morning Has Broken?”
Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning! Born of the one light Eden saw play! Praise with elation, praise every morning, God’s re- creation of the new day!
I have always sung that song as a celebration of creation. We have an extravagant Lord who cannot be outdone! Through the power of the resurrection, all of creation has been transformed, changed, renewed! Through the power of the resurrection, we have been transformed, changed, renewed. We have been re-created! Made like the new day dawning. It is in the newness of each day that the light shines and the darkness is unable to overcome it.
Oh, we have all felt the loneliness of hurt and heartache darken our day…
We all know the darkened days of ignorance and unknowing…
We all know the sense of abandonment when we can’t find our God…
And sometimes, when the darkness is especially thick… we think ourselves content to simply see the stars. But let’s not short-change ourselves! God’s act of re-creation, the resurrection of Jesus, Christ, casts out all darkness! It cannot overcome us!
We don’t have to accept, we don’t have to settle! When we embrace in our hearts the Good News of God’s peace… the darkness turns to the morning! God works a miracle of transformation! Our differences and diversities fade away. Our fear is gone! Sin and death are no more!
We experience the dawning of a new life. God’s re-creation of a relationship with us is complete.
While we were still weak, at the right moment, God showed his love for us, Paul says: “Christ died for ungodly people.” (Ro. 5:6-8)
That Christ died for our sins is in line with the scriptures, he was buried and rose on the third day (1 Co. 15:3)
My Lord what a morning! Use your senses…. smell the presence of God, hear the presence of God, see the presence of God, taste the presence of God, feel the presence of God…
Know that God is here and “there is nothing in heaven or on earth or under the earth that is capable of separating you from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ro 8:32)
Prayer for the day:
Creator God, even as you re-created each new day, create within me the dawning of a new life and new love for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.