Posted by: kathryngraves | September 14, 2012

Take the Fresh Batch

“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.” Lamentations 3:22-23

There are days when we wish the earth would open up and consume us. Those are the dark, difficult days when we don’t know how to function. Each new day brings different problems that require navigating unfamiliar territory. We’ve never faced anything like this before.

Jeremiah wrote Lamentations after Babylon conquered and destroyed Jerusalem and carried its citizens off to be slaves. He grieved the loss. But he also sorrowed over the sinful condition of his people who had turned away from God. They felt like children to him.

Parents of wayward children can rest in this passage and know that Jeremiah relates. Anyone who mourns the loss of a loved one can find hope here.

God’s compassions never fail. Never. Every morning when we wake, He is there with a fresh batch. Have you ever been to a bakery and drooled over the fantastic selection of pastries? After several agonizing minutes, you choose one. Just one, even though you’d really like to eat a half-dozen. You pay for it, anxious to sink your teeth into the tender, sugary confection. But the first bite is hard and chewy. You know in that instant what the sales person didn’t tell you. They are yesterday’s doughnuts. Stale.

The Lord never hands out yesterday’s compassion. What He lavishes on us is fresh, new, and abundant enough for our need. His compassion is sweet, tender, and satisfying. Great is His faithfulness.

Photo/FreeDigitalPhotos/Donuts Set by Witthaya Phonsawat

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