O sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
~ Psalm 96
I wish that I could explain why we encounter "good days," and "bad days." When God was busy creating everything that we see and know around us, at the end of each day, God pronounced that the creation was, "Good."
The alarm clock gets hit one too many times, and you have snoozed away time to prepare for work. The toaster doesn't seem to toast fast enough, the coffee, well, let's say it's not your favorite, and you are out of creamer. The dog has to be walked, and it is raining when you open the door. The dog bolts for the opposite direction.
The phone rings and you are out the door again.
I haven't had one of THOSE days in forever, and frankly, I'm so grateful to be a morning type person, but even on the best of days, there can be things that might prevent us from acknowledging just how "good" the day really is.
I have shared before that I went through a significant period in my life where I was depressed. It didn't seem to matter what doctors tried or family and friends prayed, I was just in a state of depression. It wasn't until a therapist friend asked me to take a picture of something that brought me joy and to bring it to his office and we would talk about what it was that made me feel good when I looked at the photo. Before long, I was taking photos each day and documenting the things that made me joyful.
It reminds me that finding things to proclaim as "good" can sometimes take a little work. If you turn on any morning talk show, you will quickly discover what is "bad" in the world. That is way too easy! Discovering joy may take a little work, but at the end of the day, it makes calling the day "good" a whole lot easier.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, help me to realize that the place that You created You once declared as being "good." Help me to recognize the goodness in each new day. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams is the author of the book, "Remember Me When..." and is a former hospice chaplain and pastor.