The past couple of weeks around our house have been a little…well, if not ugly exactly, then not very pretty. As happens too often in my life, overcommitment, upcoming plans, and unexpected challenges have all converged into the same space of time, leaving me feeling frantic, a little claustrophobic, and a bit like throwing a temper tantrum.
For the past year and a half, I’ve been trying to end my day by writing down three things I was thankful for that day. I confess that more than once in the past week or so the very fact that the day is at an end has made the list.
I have a three-year old, so right now it is not unusual for me to find myself humming “The Word of the Day” song from Sesame Street at the most inappropriate times. It has been stuck in my head on replay for weeks. But yesterday I got a reprieve when I dragged myself out of bed, desperate for a cup of coffee, singing these lines from the song “Day One” by Matthew West:
“Every morning, every morning, every morning mercies new.
Every morning, every morning, I will fix my eyes on you.”
What a lovely thought right now! Every morning, mercies new. Every morning. No matter how bad yesterday was, how many ways I stumbled or failed or didn’t meet my own expectations. No matter how exhaustedly I fell into bed the night before. Every morning His mercy is new.
The lyrics, of course, come from Lamentations 3:22-23, where the prophet Jeremiah says:
“The steadfast love of the Lᴏʀᴅ never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. “
I love what these verses say about God. His love is constant. He is endlessly faithful. His mercies are fresh and new and full-to-the-brim each morning. I may lament my own failures, but his grace to give me a fresh start is always there to greet me with the sun.
Every morning, mercies new. New grace, new strength, new power. Like a desperately-needed cup of coffee for the very depths of my being, it gets me up and out and going. Not a bad line to have stuck in your head on a Thursday morning.