The LORD’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning.
~ LAMENTATIONS 3:22–23
New Every Morning
You messed up yesterday. You said the wrong words, took the wrong turn, loved the wrong person, reacted the wrong way. You spoke when you should have listened, walked when you should have waited, judged when you should have trusted, indulged when you should have resisted.
You messed up yesterday. But you’ll mess up more if you let yesterday’s mistakes sabotage today’s attitude. God’s mercies are new every morning. Receive them. Learn a lesson from the Cascade forests of Washington State. Some of its trees are hundreds of years old, far surpassing the typical life span of fifty to sixty years. One leaf-laden patriarch dates back seven centuries! What makes the difference? Daily drenching rains. Deluges keep the ground moist, the trees wet, and the lightning impotent.
Lightning strikes you as well. Thunderbolts of regret can ignite and consume you. Counteract them with downpours of God’s grace, daily washings of forgiveness. Once a year won’t do. Once a month is insufficient. Weekly showers leave you dry. Sporadic mistings leave you combustible. You need a solid soaking every day. “The LORD’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22–23 NCV).
~ EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE
Mighty God, your loyal love is our hope. When we mess up, your tender kindness covers us with acceptance and forgiveness. No matter how often we disappoint you, we can trust ourselves to your mercy and know we will find your love. You will never turn away from us when we fail. You set our feet back on the right path and guide us in the way to go. We need a solid soaking of your grace and mercy every day, amen.
Praise the LORD! . . . for His merciful kindness is great toward us.
~ PSALM 117:1–2
My soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.
~ ISAIAH 61:10
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
~ PSALM 23:6