Lamentations 3: 22-24
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in God.’
As we begin to emerge and re-engage as the pandemic season eases, we’re grateful for how God has brought us through all the challenges that the past year has held. At times, we’ve been weary as so many things that seemed firmly in place have been swept away by so much change.
Scripture reminds us that while there are troubles for each day, God also gives mercy and strength sufficient for each day. We recall how the manna was given to the Israelites in the wilderness, just enough for each day. And this seems to be echoed here; mercy for every morning.
In that sense, we’re encouraged not to be anxious about what the days ahead will hold, how life will be as things begin to open up again. As we take hope in God, as we’re promised that for each day ahead, no matter what it holds of joy and delight, or of challenge and change, there will be mercy given every morning to see us through the day.
Gracious God, when we are weary after such a long season, please grant us your mercy, new every morning, to give us courage and strength for all you would have us do. Help us to support one another in the church, that we may be mutually encouraged by the faith and spirit of those you have given us as church friends through these days.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.