April 2

Psalm 126:1-3

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” vs. 1

For the people of Israel life with the Lord was like a roller coaster ride, and most of the time when they’d completed a terrifying section of the track, a even scarier portion loomed ahead. But not all the time! Occasionally there would be a time of prosperity and blessing…and they were stunned. They hadn’t imagined that life could be so good…and their joy was unrestrained. That happens to us too. Goodness comes our way.  Life takes a turn and everything is right with our little part of the world. Most of the time those moments take us by surprise…they can’t be planned or engineered…but what a delight they are! It’s as though all the stars of the universe have unexpectedly aligned and we are the beneficiaries. Usually the people we love are close and our hearts fairly explode with a sense of well-being. We wish we could make time stand still, that these minutes would last and last and last. Because we know all of this is temporary there are some who refuse to rejoice. They say, “Ah yah, today is good but you know bad days are coming.” Their pessimism casts a pall for family and friends. How much better it is to rejoice and be glad, abandoning our hearts to grateful celebration! And if we can extend the dream for another day…well, that’s all the better!

Thought for the Day: How’s life for me right now?

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