This is the Day

Read: Psalm 118

Recently I heard someone say this in their prayer… “Lord, this is a day that has been coming and it’s a day that will never come again.”  It caught my attention because it is something that we often don’t give much thought to as we start each day of life.  Long before we sang the song “This is the day” the Psalmist wrote “The Lord has done it this very day; let rejoice today and be glad.”

How often do we hit the snooze button on our alarm clock several times and then roll out of bed and stumble to the closet or restroom to start a new day?  Some people are not morning people and I understand that, but how often do we awake to the sunrise and proclaim that God has planned this day and it is a day that we will never get back.  If we thought about that we might begin the day or approach that day in a whole new light.

Lauri Johnson one time shared this story, “One time I took my sons, 12-year-old Matthew and 6-year-old Ryan, to my parents’ house for an afternoon visit. They spent some time playing and socializing with their grandparents. When we were ready to leave, my dad said to Matthew, “You made my day.”  Matthew replied, “God made your day; we just put the icing on it.”

What a blessing it is to be given a new day that God has created for us.  Many days we are grateful and thankful to be blessed in such a way.  Even if a particular day does not go as we planned or ends up being a very difficult day we can still give thanks that we are living, breathing, and looking forward to starting a new day the next morning.  Henri Nouwen wrote these helpful words about those kind of days.  He wrote…..

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say “thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.”

That is my prayer for you this week.  That you would see the guiding and loving hand of God in your day.  That you would awake each morning with a fresh perspective, positive attitude, and a joyful spirit.  And if you feel like singing then go right ahead.  “This is the day, This is the day, that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made, we will rejoice, we will rejoice, and be glad in it.”

Make it personal:  If you are not a morning person and you struggle in the mornings try to start a new habit.  Find a way to wake up and begin with a new way of approaching the day.  If you are a morning person then find a new way to give God praise for the new day that lies ahead of you.  Maybe you want to proclaim those words I heard… “Lord, this is a day that has been coming and it’s a day that will never come again.”

Have a great day and week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church