This week’s Five Minute Friday freewrite is on “Morning.” **Be sure to click on the image above to find other great posts in the linkup** Here goes:
When I think of the word “Morning” right now the refrain from the hymn “Great is thy Faithfulness” pops into my head. Specifically, the phrase, “morning by morning new mercies I see.” Listen to the whole hymn here:
“Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Refrain
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Refrain”
So what does this hymn and specifically the refrain mean to me? I think I can tend toward perfectionism and this helps me realize the slate is wiped clean every day. Each morning is a new chance to make things right in my walk with God, even if I feel I messed up the day before!
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” If God loves me this much – to faithfully give me a second chance every morning – then who am I to not offer the same mercy and compassion towards myself?