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“Faithfulness” - August 5, 2020

 “Because of the Lord’s great love

we are not consumed,

    for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

    great is your faithfulness.”

                         Lamentations 3:22-23

 

We’ve just returned from being away for a few weeks.  Like other summers we were privileged to do some camping in a provincial park; we also spent almost a week in Prince Edward County, visiting my mom.  Several of those days away yielded some great pictures of sunrises and sunsets, sunrises and sunsets over Lake Huron and over the second of our family farms. Early morning or evening, I have a hard time taking just one photograph. I usually end up with more sunrises and sunsets than seems necessary.

Yet maybe a person can never have enough reminders of such moments. All those sunrises and sunsets are not only breathtakingly filled with colourful wonder and mystery, they are solid pointers to God’s faithfulness.  Even in a book that carries the heavy burdens of lament, the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, can’t help himself.  He sees the sunrise, is reminded of the wonder and the power of God’s love and it points him to a hope grounded in God’s faithfulness.  As we continue to live through the challenges of this pandemic, I pray we are able to identify some moments and signs through which we can be reminded of God’s rock-solid faithfulness. 

This week a family member posted a picture of a Lake Michigan sunset and referenced the faithfulness of God.  I guess other people are drawn to the signs too!

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT: O God, great is your faithfulness; we praise you for it. Today help us to see and understand the reminders and signs of your faithfulness.  Help us to see and celebrate the greatest sign of your faithfulness, Jesus Christ.  In his name, AMEN.

 

Links to the hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness”:
first, a meditative arrangement of the hymn by Chris Rice …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k1WhFtVp0o
AND secondly a more vigorous rendition by Austin Stone Worship with some alternative verses … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eQ1oal44wU

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Below is one of the July 2020 sunrise pictures on my phone!