Anne Shirley Cuthbert says to her friend Diana in Anne of Green Gables, “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes yet?” I don’t recall Diana’s response, but I know mine… YES!!!
As a self-professed guy who tries to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, do right, be good, help others, love and lead his family, and the list goes on… I for one am glad that each day the sun rises and brings with it a fresh start. Sure, I cannot undo my yesterdays, but I can choose each day to point myself in the right direction and start heading that way.
I resonate with Anne’s question. It reminds me of what the prophet Jeremiah wrote in the Old Testament book of Lamentations… “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” In other words, no matter how yesterday went, the Lord loves us and gives us hope for today. He helps us today. He forgives and forgets.
That’s good news for imperfect people like me… and maybe you. It’s good news for those who have a lot of days left. And it’s good news for those who have less days ahead of them than they do behind them. Each day is full of new, abundant mercies for all of us.
Bad day at work yesterday? Get up, get dressed and go back to the office or store or worksite because He’s giving you new mercies for today!
Feeling like a lousy parent for mishandling a situation with your kids at a crucial moment? Roll out of bed, give them a hug, and ask their forgiveness because He has new mercies for today!
Broken relationships that have remained shattered for years due to your negligence? Make the call, send the text, get together for coffee because He’s giving you new mercies for today!
Failed a test at school? Load your backpack, grab your books and get there before the bell rings again because He’s giving you new mercies for today!
Staring at a bad prognosis and a lifetime of regrets? Pick up the Bible, bow your head, ask for forgiveness and a fresh start because He’s giving you new mercies for today!
His love never quits… He won’t run out of mercies… He is always there. So lift your chin… and lift your heart… and lift your hands… because He has new mercies for you today!