June 22

Psalm 30:1-5

“For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” vs. 5

The psalmist was intimately aware of the Divine Presence; he knew that the Lord was connected to him in every conceivable way. There would never be a time when God was absent. It’s natural in such a relationship to have feelings of regret and sadness about words or deeds, and even believe that the Lord is angry. But because the psalmist knew the relationship was established in steadfast love, he believed that such anger would never persist. That’s how it is when we’re connected to God and to one another by self-giving love. We see it on a regular basis with our love partners. To use the psalmist’s imagery there will be nights of weeping–it’s inevitable! We can’t make one another happy all the time. Occasionally, and in some seasons often, we will be irritable or resentful, and patience flies out the window. There will be tears! But the wonderful thing about love is that when the night of weeping is done, with the morning will come surprising joy and restoration. That happens for us again and again with God, and thankfully it happens in our other relationships too. Just as the sun faithfully dawns each morning, joy will rise within us, and our spirits are renewed. Instead of tears there will be smiles, and sometimes even laughter!

Thought for the Day: How do I “make up” with my loved ones?

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