June 21

Lamentations 3:22-33

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” vss. 22-23

These are words one might expect from a lottery winner, someone who has been the beneficiary of a sudden windfall. In reality they come from a prophet who has seen and experienced the complete devastation of city and country, a person familiar with starvation and lingering death. And that’s how it has always been for the people of God, those familiar with the indwelling Universal Christ. We know that our relationship to God is not contingent on external conditions or circumstances. Our faith does not waver during the darkness that is a part of living in this world. Even when the unthinkable happens and night settles in, when the sun makes its daily appearance, there’s a palpable change in our perceptions. It’s a reminder that God’s steadfast love is the constant in our lives, and God’s mercies will never end. And even when our faith is hanging by a thread, we know that God’s faithfulness never ends. No matter what happens in this world God’s story is going to have a happy ending, and every single one of us is going to rejoice on that day. It’s not likely that many of us will face the tribulations of Jeremiah’s time, but somehow it’s good to know that he never lost his faith. If he continued to feel the daily love of God, surely the same will be true for us.

Thought for the Day: How is God’s love touching me today?

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