Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC
Monday, December 14
By Ken Bodie
Every Day is a Great Day!
Read Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
This was my fraternal grandfather’s favorite bible verse. I can only imagine that some of us do not feel this way during 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it has had on our lives, our jobs, our country, our worship and our general outlook on the uncertainty of life.
I can tell you that even though this terrible pandemic has not affected my job or my family, there are many days that I feel anxious or guilty, that others may be suffering. My heart hurts for them.
My grandfather joined God in heaven in 1975. He was the most God-loving man I have ever known. Unfortunately, he suffered multiple heart attacks and then had a stroke. He was bedridden at home for several weeks, unable to walk and could barely talk. However, the first thing he did upon waking every morning was to recite Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Even though his voice was affected by his stroke, he still fought to recite this verse every day until he passed on to heaven’s gate.
This memory of him made me think, that even when things like Covid-19 are affecting our lives, maybe we can be like him and rejoice that we have another day on this earth and will all meet God to end any earthly suffering.
Dear Lord, thank you for today. Help us to understand that even on our worst days, we should be rejoicing that we will all end up in your arms of love and protection. Amen.