O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1
What a strange psalm! It consists of twenty-six verses, and twenty six times that line cited above is repeated—at the end of each verse. The first line of each describes something about God, or about our world, or about our experience of it. But the last line is almost a drumbeat reminder that God’s love never let’s go of us or abandons us.
I’m not at great peace first thing in the morning when I first wake up. I’m suddenly restless in thinking of my schedule that day. But as I get up and become aware that this is another day God is granting me, my anxiety eases; God’s love surrounds me and that makes all the difference in the world.
What we need most is not a clear agenda for each day, or the drive and energy to get through our schedule—that’s secondary. What is primary is knowing the steadfast love of God that endures forever; in that is our peace.
Prayer: O God, enable us to know the presence of your love in each and every day of our life journey. Amen