30th December 2013

One Day at a Time 

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34 (NRSV)

A Persian King once asked one of his wise men for a maxim which could be applied to either joy or sorrow, and he replied; “This too shall pass away.” As we all know only too well, life is very hilly, with many ups and downs, but when we come to a rough patch, it is worth remembering that “this too shall pass away.” The psalmist reminds us in Psalm 30:5 that “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” 

When we face situations that seem overwhelming, we may drift towards hopelessness or despair, wondering just how we will be able to see it through to its conclusion; we need to remember the comfort and encouragement that our Father pours out upon us because of his great love. Again, the psalmist points us to the right way; he says: “Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms.” (Psalm 68:19 NLT). 

Here are some lines from that prolific author, “Anonymous”, which also help us to get a better focus:
When you’re lonely, I wish you love.
When you’re down, I wish you joy.
When you’re troubled, I wish you peace.
When things are complicated, I wish you simple beauty.
When things look empty, I wish you hope.

Every day is a new beginning, a fresh start for every one of us. Lamentations is a book of complaints and woes, expressed by the prophet Jeremiah, but within this catalogue of moans is a bright jewel that we can cling to. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23).  

We all regret the passing of joyful experiences but I’m sure that we are encouraged to know during difficult times that: “This too shall pass away!” 

Faithful Father, thank you that your care for us is so over-whelming, that it transcends our greatest hopes and dreams. It gives us the courage to face each day in your Son and fulfil your will in his strength.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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