Some days are just plain rotten. I bet you have experienced a few days that you’d rather not repeat. You know the kind — the only news you hear seems to be bad news, you’re overbooked and overwhelmed, and if one more thing goes wrong you think you just might throw a hissy fit.
How is it possible to be thankful in the midst of a horrible, rotten, really bed, no good, terrible day? (Hmmmm….seems like I remember a children’s book about a day like that.) Is it possible to redeem some good from the ashes of awful?
The answer, thankfully, is yes. First of all, honor the fact that you have truly had a really, really bad day. Commit that day to the past. Grieve whatever losses or pain you have suffered. Don’t deny the doldrums and dismay. Finally, remember the words of the psalmist “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30b).
You may not have the certainty that tomorrow will be a good day, but you can close your eyes in the reality of the promise of a new morning and the chance for better hours. Your Creator desires good for you and wants to clothe you with joy. If you can’t give thanks for the day, then do give thanks for the promise of another one that just may be better.
Peace and blessing to you and yours! May your Friday be the beginning of a wonderful weekend capped by a restful and praise-filled Sabbath.
Spend some time reading and praying with Psalm 30. Savor the words of praise and hope. Know that your Creator is near to you now and always, even in the midst of pain and suffering.
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