This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Life can be busy, with endless responsibilities. I get caught
up in the chaos and stress of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. By
day’s end I am often tense, exhausted, and impatient.
Lately, when I put three-year-old Colin to bed, he says to
me, “Mumma, I think it’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow.” This simple statement has affected me profoundly.
His words remind me that each day is a gift from God, full
of beauty and blessings. Now, instead of fretting over what
I didn’t accomplish that day and worrying about tomorrow,
I reflect on the blessings I have received. I try to recognize
the beauty all around me and look forward to what God has
in store while offering a prayer of thanksgiving. I am more
focused on God’s grace, and
I can see God’s work in my
life and in the world more
My children and I now
greet each morning by reciting Psalm 118: 24 together, and I repeat it throughout the day
when I find myself becoming anxious or overwhelmed. Now,
even in the midst of life’s busyness and complexities, I am
able to proclaim like the psalmist, “Let my whole being bless
the Lord and never forget all his good deeds” (Ps. 103: 2, ceb).
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for your many blessings.
Help us to let go of stress and remain full of adoration and
gratitude to you. Amen.
Julie Calleja (Michigan)
Prayer Focus: GRATI TUDE FOR TODAY’S BLESSINGS
— Psalm 118: 24 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
I will praise God for the
beauty and blessings
of each day.