Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
"This is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
For many of us, this verse, the 24th verse from the 118th Psalm, is a familiar verse. We've certainly heard it many times during my stay here since it is my customary greeting at the beginning of our worship services.
I love that verse, even though I have heard, and said it hundreds of times over the years. It is a verse worth repeating, because it illuminates a concept worth remembering.
I write this letter at a time of year when many of us, myself included, find ourselves dealing with the 'mid-winter blahs'. We have already endured several weeks of cold temperatures and icy surfaces, and we know that we still have several weeks of the same to endure before we will be able to enjoy the warmer days of spring and summer. It can be easy to become depressed by this realization.
However, even as we deal with the reality of winter in North Dakota, we need to remember that each day really is a gift from God. Each day brings us one day closer to the warmer weather of spring.
Each day is another day to enjoy the beauty and bounty of God's creation. Each day is a day in which we can give and receive love. Each day brings us one day closer to the perfect life that God has created for us at his side.
Each day, even the cloudy, or cold, windy, or frightening ones, is nonetheless a gift from our gracious God, because each day brings with it a chance to receive the love that God is eager to pour our upon us, just as we are, wherever we are.
So, let this short message be a reminder to you, that each day, you can help to brighten your mood by simply stating: "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."