Thursday Thoughts: Embracing God's Mercies

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23
Doctors appointments,  tracking meds, giving attention to all your children, teacher meetings, frustrating hours of homework, facing emotional outbursts, plus the regular routines of the day…,  Oh, those days sometimes seem unbearable.  It takes every ounce of energy to move forward with every detail of the day.  There are seasons in our lives when these days, which beat to no rhythm in particular, seem to continue day after day.  For some, it’s a matter of weeks.  For others- months or even years.  During this season, how easy it can be to be vulnerable to our own sinful choices: snapping at another family member, impatience with medical staff,  not giving your best to your spouse…
Yet, in the midst of the challenges, we are offered the compassions of our merciful God. This was the hope clung to by the writer of Lamentations.  He writes these words as he is in the midst of a life of despair, exhaustion and fear.  At the beginning of each day, when the alarm goes off and the uncertainty of a new day greets you, the Lord has already bestowed you with the mercies to get through another day.  Receive them. Receive them and let them transform you.
What is the rhythm of your life like right now?  Erratic?  Steady?
How do you feel knowing that you are granted God’s mercies everyday?
Dear Lord, 
We receive the promise given to us in your Word.  We claim your compassions.  The same compassions offered to those who have struggled before us. You know our struggles, our physical and emotional abilities and our temptations.  We thank you for your unending mercies and grace which intersect the rhythm of our lives.  .

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