Have you ever woke up with a song in your head and then it stuck with you throughout the day? This happened to me yesterday. Yesterday was a definite Monday. It was drab, cold, rainy and somber … and yet, I found myself singing as I woke up the words of the beautiful hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Yep, these are the words I sang all morning as I cleaned and then settled into a full day of work and Zoom meetings.
I’m not entirely sure why, maybe it was because of the fact that it was a new day; and with new days, comes new opportunities and new hopes. Maybe it was the very fact that it was a reminder that in the drabness of life, when things are out of whack, that God’s faithfulness is constant, vast, and ever present regardless of what kind of day I might be having. Maybe it was simply to my day with a reminder that if the day gets rough (and it did), that God’s great faithfulness can be my “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”.
Lamentations 3:22-24 reads
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
We are still on pause, and we are now in the beginning stages of looking ahead to ‘un-pausing.’ For some this is exciting, others this is nerve wracking and yet others this is filled with skepticism. Will it work? Will we find ourselves back here in just a few short months? I can’t wait! These are probably just a few of the feelings and questions people are having. And yet, rest assured … just as God has been with us in the midst of the pain and suffering, in the midst of the challenges of taking precautions, just as God has been and will always be with us as we have stayed home. God will continue to journey forward with us, God’s faithfulness will remain steady and true for each new day…whether it’s good or otherwise.
It is my continued hope and prayer that you will always be reminded of God’s faithful abiding presence. That when you have one of those rough days, that you might be reminded of the strength God gives for today and bright hope we can have for tomorrow.
May the peace of Christ be with you today and always…amen.
Just a note to share: My day ended with learning the news of the death of Rev. Dr. Gregg Mast after suffering complications from COVID-19. Dr. Mast was the President of New Brunswick Theological Seminary when I was a student there. His presence, encouragement, challenges and leadership were a definite gift to many of us within the Reformed Church in America. And yes, the night was sad and long, and even today there is still a sadness, but it is filled with deep gratitude for his life and that I and many friends and colleagues have been blessed to have known him.