August 25

Psalm 126:1-3

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.” vs. 3

In times of stress and tension, it’s a blessing to have a great memory! That’s what gave solace to the psalmist, and it’s what we hang on to when uncertainty plagues our daily living. The psalmist remembered that the Lord had done great things for Israel and that the people had rejoiced in that moment of triumph–and that memory gave him hope for the future. Most of us have memories like that too, moments when time stood still and it feels like we’re living the dream. Of course, like surfers riding the crest of waves know all too well, even the best waves eventually crash on the beach–and so do we! And when that happens, and we pick ourselves up, sometimes wondering if we have a future, it’s such a blessing to remember the good times. It’s not that we’re going to be able to go back and relive the past, that can’t happen, but we can know that the Lord will smile on us again, and there will be new dreams and visions. Someday this time of distancing and masks will be over and hugs and kisses will abound. Our lives will have changed but our new normal will be better than ever. Relationships can be restored, brokenness can be healed, and we will rejoice again. The Lord will never stop doing great things for us. It’s one thing that we can count on!

Thought for the Day: What does it feel like to live the dream?

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