Friday, December 04, 2020

This Is the Day the Lord Has Made


                                              (Grand Haven, Michigan)

Often, when I sign my name to a letter, I add these words: "Blessings to you on this day that the Lord has made!"

Here is the verse.

This is the day the LORD has made; 

We will rejoice and be glad in it. 

PSALM 118:24

Frederick Buechner beautifully expands on this verse. He writes:  

[This day, that the Lord has made,] "is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth. It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death. If you were aware of how precious it is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all. 

“This is the day which the Lord has made,” says Psalm 118. “Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Or weep and be sad in it for that matter. The point is to see it for what it is, because it will be gone before you know it. If you waste it, it is your life that you’re wasting. If you look the other way, it may be the moment you’ve been waiting for always that you’re missing." 

(In Faith That Matters, p. 354)