Do you remember the movie Sister Act? I love how Whoopi tells the students it is going to be a brand new day, a fresh start. Even more than that, I love the promise from the Lord that we get that new start every day!
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
I was out sitting on the back porch reflecting on just some of the Lord’s incredible blessings to me. Of course the first couple I think about is my wife and family and then His healing in my life from cancer. In reality, there are too many to name but I do think about our friends both old and new. Some we raised our kids with, vacationed at Myrtle Beach, camped every holiday in the summer and just enjoyed each others company. Now some that we worship with and ride motorcycles, or just meet for dinner or ice cream…and coffee.
I am also thinking about friends that are in the midst of a trial or troubling season of life. The Doss family as Johnny is now in Hospice and my cousin Phillip as they battle cancer. My lifelong friend Fred that has recently lost both his mom and dad within a few weeks of each other. Many others that are battling sickness, unemployment or suffering, way too many to mention by name. But the reality is, it’s just a brief separation, they will one day be united again for all of eternity. No sorrow, no pain, no suffering, no sadness. Eternal presence with the one who paid the price for our sins. The One who paid a debt He did not owe, for a price we could not pay.
I guess I’m getting older and more reflective. The funny thing is, I started out feeling sorry for myself for a few things that are totally insignificant right now. Another sleepless night with much to do today. But in the light of eternity and the truth that we are only here for a brief time, I’m embarrassed that they entered my mind and confess them as sin. I hope you know the One that makes old things pass away and all things as new. The bible says his name, Jesus, is above all names. Only He can change our lives and give us the daily hope we need to enter a brand new day!