This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24
A now comes a new day.
Well, each day is new, with new opportunities. I am beginning a new chapter in my life today, as I have been called to serve as a Chaplain for Houston Hospice in Houston, Texas. As I ready myself for my first full day, there is some excitement.
There are some chapters in our lives that we simply get excited about. First day of school, a first date, a promotion, getting married, having children and grandchildren, retirement and on and on.
Sometimes I'd like to think that God was excited when the words, "Let there be light," were first uttered and upon all the darkness, for the first time, there were shadows and color.
How marvelous it must have felt to see dry land push up out of the depths of the deep, and that first mountain top experience, all created with the intention that this was going to be something "good."
So much of the time I think that there are things that happen in our life that we forget that life is meant to be lived with anticipation and excitement.
John the Baptist was shouting, "the Kingdom of God is at hand," with excitement. It wasn't just a call to humanity to be ready, there was anticipation!
Even the morning the stone was rolled away, as the women went to complete the burial process, their sorrow was turned to excitement when they realized that Jesus had risen!
We are reminded that "this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"
While the day ahead may seem to be challenging, or even overwhelming, for many, don't let it consume the reality that the day can begin with the anticipation that God's blessings are just beginning anew.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, thank You for this new day that You have created. May the joys of the day overcome any challenge that may arise. Thank You for making this day a time of anticipation and excitement. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.