I am usually pretty tired when we go to bed at night. We are not early to bed people at our house, so by the time we turn the lights out I am ready for some restful sleep at the end of a long day. But most nights when I go to bed slumber does not come easily. I usually lie there replaying the day, which would be ok except that I only replay the parts where I missed the mark.
When I reflect I tend to focus on the ways that I failed and I lie there replaying all of my shortcomings since the last time I replayed all of my shortcomings just 24 hours earlier. I am reminded of all the things left undone at my job. I am reminded of all of the ways that I didn’t love my spouse well. I am reminded of all of the ways that I failed my kids, of all of the way that my actions didn’t bring healing, of all of the things I did that harmed our relationship.
As I lie there confronted by my day, I am reminded of Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations. He tells us that because of God’s faithfulness, his mercies are fresh every morning. I am encouraged to know that in spite of my failures, the Lord says that tomorrow is another day and that I have the opportunity to be the person my family needs me to be. God is faithful and we need to be the kind of people who are faithful to our calling to love our families well.
Lord, I am blessed by your faithfulness and I want to wake up every morning reminded that your mercies are fresh every morning. I want to hear you say that you are with me, that you are for me, and that you are pleased with me. Let me embrace your grace and mercy let me be an agent of that grace and mercy in the lives of my children.
In Jesus name, Amen
“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:23 (NLT)
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