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  • ENDNOTES:  “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

    That’s the kind of posture that the biblical poet (Psalm 118:24) encourages us to take on for any given day. Some days it may feel like a challenge but still it seems doable as a smaller block of time, one day - 24 hours. But this week, I wondered how it would come across if the line were changed to the following: “This is the new year 2020 that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Somehow that feels a little different to say, maybe a little more daunting, even overwhelming. A year, that’s a big chunk of time. So much could happen. So much could change. Instead of for just a day, could I commit to that Psalm 118 posture for a whole year?

    We confess that the entire year of 2020 is being held in God’s hands and that he invites us to trust him, no matter what (Psalm 31:14-15). Also, we have just come through the season of celebrating the arrival of the “God with us” in Jesus Christ. If Jesus is with us, who can be against us? Or as Paul writes “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)

    Knowing God is holding our futures in his hands and knowing his loving presence is with us goes a long way in enabling us to recite that line, “This is the new year 2020 that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And after all, as the Psalm writer knew, it still will only come one day at a time!          

                                                                                                                                                      -EGN