Shaped by God
Monday, April 3
Rev. Mary Cox, Associate Pastor, Mission Outreach, Roswell Presbyterian Church
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24 (NIV)
It is hard for me to remember a time in my life when this mantra wasn't sung or spoken in my house when I was growing up. However, my memory is most vividly connected to when, during my high school years, my dad was one of the youth volunteers at church and taught us to commit this verse to memory. Sure, it annoyed me at times to have my own dad leading the youth group and hanging out with us, but I was to find out upon his death this time last year that his love of God, God's word, and God's people touched the lives of many.
During his memorial service, we thought it was fitting to open the time of worship with this scripture verse. Personal comments, Facebook posts, cards, and letters soon poured in with testimony of people recalling this verse from memory as they reflected upon the life of my dad. These now middle-aged folks were thankful for the discipline they learned as youth to memorize scripture but were most of all profoundly shaped by the truth of God's faithfulness that was still written on their hearts.
This verse speaks the truth that God is creating, making something new every day. This reality leads us to will a faithful response of joy and gladness. Memorizing this verse as a teen might have felt like drudgery at times, but in this day, and in every day that God has made in my lifetime, I am thankful for being shaped by the truth of God's faithfulness.
Loving Lord, thank you for your word that leads us to look to you for our life each day that you create, including this day. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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