Monday, January 21, 2013

this is the day



well my dear ones,


I passed someone in a hallway the other day

who commented that I always seem to be happy.


I told him I always try to bear in mind,

“This is the day the Lord has made;

 let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


He said he really liked that.


I went back to my desk

and wondered if he realized

that that was a part of a Psalm;

so I printed him out a little card:


This is the day the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.

--- Psalm 118:24


When I handed him the card,

a couple of his friends came over to read it,

and said they liked it.


That made me think about God’s promise

about God’s own word,

“So shall My word be

 that goes forth from My mouth;

 It shall not return to Me void,

 But it shall accomplish what I please,

 And it shall prosper

 in the thing for which I sent it.”

 --- Isaiah 55:11


And that made me think about another man

who heard God’s word

and definitely made much use of it,

Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr.


On April 3, Dr. King addressed a rally

and delivered his

"I've Been to the Mountaintop" address

at Mason Temple,

the world headquarters

of the Church of God in Christ.

In the close of this last speech of his career,

in reference to the bomb threat that had

delayed his flight to Memphis,

Dr. King said the following:


“Well, I don't know what will happen now.

We've got some difficult days ahead.

But it doesn't matter with me now.

Because I've been to the mountaintop.

And I don't mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place.

But I'm not concerned about that now.

I just want to do God's will.

And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain.

And I've looked over.

And I've seen the promised land.

I may not get there with you.

But I want you to know tonight,

that we, as a people,

will get to the promised land.

So I'm happy, tonight.

I'm not worried about anything.

I'm not fearing any man.

Mine eyes have seen the glory

of the coming of the Lord.”


Amen to that.

Definitely sounds like a man who lived out,

“This is the day the Lord has made;

 let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


May you also find the joy in each day

that God provides for you.


Have a great week.


grace, peace, and love to you,



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