Morning Mercy

Photo by Heather Christy

Photo by Heather Christy

"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning."

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

There is something profound about mornings. Birds chirping, the smell of freshly brewed Jeremiah's coffee, crisp air. It is exquisite. The sun even seems to shine with a warmer glow. Photographers have a term for this. It's called The Golden Hour. It is a magical time when shadows are long and dramatic, the light is soft and warm, and nothing feels too harsh. It truly makes for beautiful pictures, and what’s great is, it actually happens twice a day - once at sunrise, and once at sunset. It's a cycle.

We humans live our lives in cycles - we sleep in cycles, we work in cycles, we count our days in cycles and life seems to always fall into some sort of routine. Routines that can be counted on. It has always been this way, since the beginning of time. God separated the light from the dark and kept them switching back and forth, in a cycle. I believe God designed it this way so that we would learn to count on things. If there were never any repetition, we would never know what to expect. God built our lives in these cycles so that we could understand his love better.

Some days are breathtaking, while other days cause us to lose our breath. If you’ve had a lot of days lately filled with deep sighs, remember that tomorrow is new. Each morning brings with it a golden glow of sunlight, and a fresh batch of God’s mercies! God made life full of cycles so that we could begin to witness his faithfulness. This verse says that God’s mercies begin afresh each morning, but I don’t think this means we have to wait until sunrise to bask in him and his mercies. I think that in connecting God’s mercy to the morning, it is an emphasis of God’s faithfulness. The writer of Lamentations 3 is using this idea of cycles to show us that God and his mercy can be counted on just as we count on the sun to rise and the morning to come. God has never failed, and the earth has never stopped spinning. He will always be faithful. That is why we are so in tune with these cycles. God knew in the beginning that we would have trouble believing something could be relied upon so fully, so he hard wired these rhythms and cycles into our being. He wanted to make it easy for us to understand that his love and mercy can be counted on just as much as a daily sunrise.

So next time it’s morning, and the warm glow of sunshine pours through your windows, remember that God’s love and mercy is just as faithful as the morning.

“I say to myself, ‘the LORD is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!’ The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.”

Lamentations 3:24-26, NLT

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