May 14

The earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.  Psalm 33:5

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Matthew 44-45.

As I was browsing in a home decor shop the other day, I spotted a wooden plaque which had these words printed on it; “While waiting for God to open another door, praise Him in the hallway.” I chuckled, then pondered the words for a time and decided that it was good advice.

Life sometimes can seem mundane, too ordinary, almost boring. Where is the excitement of a new project, a new door opening as the plaque said? Days go by and we forget to notice the beauty around us, the promise of a new day, the moments of grace.  Chances are, we have all experienced a time when our routine seems a bit stale. Life is change and we have ups and downs, highs and lows, peaks and troughs as C.S. Lewis calls them.  As long as we live, there will be times of dryness, dullness, apathy, even doubt in meaning or purpose.

There is one constant in all of our days, and that is the all encompassing love coming from our Lord. If we but lift our heads, there He is, waiting to enfold us and give us what we need, peace in our hearts and spring in our steps. He sees us and knows us and will not leave us forlorn. His wish for us is joy and contentment.  Thanks be to God.

Holy and steadfast God, your love is amazing.  Remind us when we are in the doldrums of life, the hallways, to praise you for all you have done for us. Life is your wonderful gift to us and we don’t want to waste a moment, a day, a lifetime. Thank you.  Amen

Joan Perlich