Time for gratitude
While preparing for the next WordBytes series, I was stopped by this thought, “It’s time to thank God. Before moving on to the next “thing”, stop and express gratitude for today!”
If you’re reading this WordBytes, guess what? God has blessed you with life. Who could have imagined? After 604,000+ COVID deaths, we are still standing. God has kept us during this global pandemic. Yes, we’ve loss friends and family but for some reason God has extended mercy to us (once again). 2020 and 2021 have been challenging years never before imagined.
Jeremiah wrote these words as he lamented the tragic destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian armies (Lamentations 3:18-23, New Living Translation).
I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the LORD is lost!” The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.
But God. In tragedy and loss, God was faithful. Guess what? God is still faithful! In the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, in the midst of economic uncertainty, in the quagmire of social injustice, in the throes of food insecurity and homelessness, in the fallout of global warming, God is faithful. Therefore, we will have hope.
To express our gratitude this Memorial Day, we’d like to do “Throwback Wednesday”. The WordBytes we’ve chosen is Discovering God in the Psalms: Forget Not God. I invite you to formulate your personal Memorial Day gratitude. As we celebrate our loved ones from the past let us, also, “forget not God” for all He is doing for us right now.