Week 27   Day 5



some people tell me that the morning 

is the best time of the day for them 

to see the sun come up 

to feel the stirrings of new life 

to hear the birds begin to sing their songs 

to look at a single drop of dew on a blade of brass 

to open the door of their heart and mind to God again 

to believe that something wonderful will happen 


maybe that is what the Psalmist means

when he writes

            "Weeping may tarry for the night,

            but joy comes with the morning." 


some people tell me that the evening

is the best time of the day for them  

to see the moon rolling through the sky 

to feel the awe of the vast canopy of space 

to hear the owl ask his question again and again 

to look at the heavens and wonder how far it goes 

to open up their heart and mind to the majesty of it all 

to receive the hope again that in all of this God loves us 


maybe that is why the Psalmist proclaims 

         "When I look at thy heavens...moon...stars...

          what is man that thou art mindful of him,..."


in the morning of our lives when we need hope to try again 

in the evening of our lives when the darkness seems to overwhelm 

             and in all the times in between 

             come O Lord our God abide with us






                                            GOD'S MEMORY
                What God remembers and what God forgets.
                                     Psalms 103, 126 & 130


     1Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,

Bless His holy name!  2Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits;

3Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,

4Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,

4Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

     6The Lord executes righteousness and justice for the oppressed.

7He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to Israel.

8The Lord is merciful and gracious,

Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9He will not always strive with us, nor keep His anger forever.

10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

     11As the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13As a father pities his children, so God pities those who fear Him.

14For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.


     1When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,

We were like those who dream.  2Then we were filled with laughter,

And our tongue with singing.  They said among the nations,

"The Lord has done great things for them."  3And we are glad.

     5Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing,

Shall come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


     1Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;

2Lord, hear my voice!  Let Your ears hear my supplications.

     3If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, who could stand?

4But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.

     5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

And in His word I do hope.

6My soul waits for the Lord more than for the morning--

Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.

     7Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy,

And with Him is abundant redemption.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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