Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Every Morning

Today's Bible reading, at least one portion, was in the book of Lamentations.

Lamentations.  A word that many of us Lyme Fighters may not be familiar with, but certainly have personally done- lament.    The free dictionary online gives these definitions: la·ment (l-mnt)·ment·ed, la·ment·ing, la·ments
1. To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
2. To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
1. To grieve audibly; wail.
2. To express sorrow or regret. See Synonyms at grieve.
1. A feeling or an expression of grief; a lamentation.
2. A song or poem expressing deep grief or mourning
Can you relate?  I certainly can-

The selection today was out of Lamentations 3, verses 22-26, a fairly familiar passage.  I was reading it in the NIV this morning.
 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
The very first part, verse 22 caught me today.  because of the LORD's Great love we are not consumed, fo his compassions never fail.  In previous verses, the lament is made that many afflictions have come, even at God's own hand/allowance- and yet here is hope-  that we will not be consumed because of His great love.
Do you feel as if the afflictions and challenges you are facing are consuming you?  Here is the Word for you today-  His compassion will not fail you; you are greatly loved.  You may not feel that at the moment- but it is true nonetheless- and that is what greets you today:
-  in fact, they are new every morning,  He is faithful to us; His portion is ours today; we wait on him; we hope in him; we seek him; it is good.
Today holds glory-treasures.  Perhaps some of the treasures for you today are such things as hope, a new morning, new mercies, His love, His compassion...perhaps His expression of these things will come in mortal presence, an act of kindness, a gift of nature~  The important thing is to live expectantly (which is hope) for His revealing Himself to you today. 

“Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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