Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
23 the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O LORD, save us;
O LORD, grant us success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
27 The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Another day. The alarm goes off, seemingly hours earlier than it should. We stumble to the bathroom and begin our morning routine, and already our mind moves to the duties and responsibilities of the day ahead. There are meals to be made, meetings to be attended, endless errands to be run. We wince at the station-to-station routine that awaits us once we put on our clothes. We’ve lived this way for so long that not only does our day become rote, but even the parts of it that are supposed to bring us joy become mechanistic. Give the spouse a peck on the check, ask the kids about school, skim the newspaper, and ignore anything else – our flower garden, the sweet smell after last night’s rain, a letter from a friend – that might distract us from our rat-race mission.
We sometimes are so beaten into submission by the rigors of daily living that we forget one very important thing: This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Whatever the day holds for us, from the mundane to the miraculous, from the lackluster to the life-changing, it all is a gift from God. The warmth we feel shouldn’t end when we turn off the shower. Each day presents both challenges and opportunities; we’ll never have a day with only one or the other. But God promises to walk beside us through it all, so that there will be no such thing as “just another day.” Do we wake up and say, “Good morning, Lord!” or “Good Lord, it’s morning”?
Gracious God, Creator of each new day, help me to see the possibilities that lie in front of me with each new rising of the sun. Help me to accept both the trials and the triumphs as gifts from You, so that I may grow stronger in my love for You and my service to others. Amen.