By Harold Martin

The first month of each year our personal lives is a time for mentally looking back over last year and projecting thoughts for future days. Therefore, I invite you to take a journey of reflection, using two scripture verses from Psalm 118:24 and 29 as a guide:

 “This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it…

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever”

 Many folks have special scriptural verses that have a special life of their own in our heads. Those two verses are like that for me. They just pop-up several times a day. I discover myself playing with them in my own head and in conversations. It might go something like this in the morning:

 This is the day that the Lord has made;

Now what am I going to do with it?

Give thanks! God is good!

 Such words can then be a most helpful moment each day for reflections on the routine day-by-day passing of time. In the evening, the Psalm may ring a slightly different bell:

 This was a day that God gave me;

Now it has come and gone;

Where did it go?

What did I do with it?

 That makes each day very interesting, and tomorrow you will rejoice in much of this day stored away. You have received and lived God’s gift of time. Now, you too, are a bit enriched within for giving something new to your world tomorrow. Celebrate your questions and rejoice in the answers. What you did today is eternally significant in the world tomorrow. Believe it! Give God thanks! Rejoice each day!