Lamentations 3:22- 23 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NRSV)

I’ve always loved these verses for several reasons. First of all, they remind me of a dear old couple from Scotland who often sang this as a duet in worship. After decades of marriage, they epitomized all of the love, grace, and faith that these scriptures express.

Secondly, I need this promise from God every single morning of my life. I am far from perfect and cannot get through a single day without sinning. This means that I create a gap between myself and God each day. However, when I wake up in the morning, a new day begins with God’s mercy and forgiveness, faithfulness and love. It’s a beautiful and sacred gift that I will cherish as long as I live.

Application: Start off each day with a smile. God has graciously forgiven us and faithfully loves us, so what more can we possibly need? 😊

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for the gift of grace and the blessing of love each day. Enable us to share these blessings will all whom we encounter today. In Christ’s Holy Name, we thankfully pray. Amen.

Today’s image is one of John’s drawings called ‘Mackintosh Rose. If you would like to view a larger version, please click here.