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Friday, January 16, 2009


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[January 16, 2009]   -- "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

HardwareIf you are like me, you probably weren’t too glad on this day. I woke up to subzero temperatures here in Lincoln, where they are supposed to remain all day. Nothing to celebrate there. My front door is frozen, my car is creaking and my floor is freezing cold. I have to wear long underwear because of the cold so my skin is extra dry and itchy. The large boots that keep my feet dry and warm are also heavy and cumbersome. It is not a great day. And yet the psalmist does not qualify his words. He doesn’t say, “this is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad when it turns out well.” No, he says the opposite. He makes his claim universal. Every day comes from the Lord and every single day is a gift.

This is an important reminder on the frosty days, the dark days, the sad days, the hard days. Even when we find life challenging, even when we have suffered loss, or are afraid or even shivering under blankets, we are enjoying a day of God’s creation. Each day there is reason to rejoice because the rising sun always bears with it he promise of God’s kingdom and a reminder that God is with you today. So on this frigid midwinter day, I invite you to live this day with gladness and joy; gladness that the sun is shining and the trees are beautiful and joy that God is here, working in this world. Every day is a gift from God. I have a hunch that somewhere in those words is the key to life.

Prayer: Holy God, thank your for this day. Please help me to find joy and gladness today that I might be grateful for this gift. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

[Text from file received by Phil Blackburn]

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