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Saturday, February 13 Read Psalm 30

For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

Joy in the Morning

These verses in Psalms have long been among my favorites and have been a great comfort to me over the years, especially in difficult times. As I prepared this devotional, my thoughts were on the words, “joy comes in the morning.” Morning is symbolic of a new day, a new beginning. God sent his Son to save us from our sins, and the coming of Christ signifies a new beginning.

“The Canticle of The Turning,” written by Rory Cooney in 1990 as a devotional for Advent, is one of my favorite hymns. This contemporary song is based on the Magnificat, Luke 1: 47-56. Mary has gone to Judah to the home of Elizabeth, who recognizes her as the mother of the Messiah.

Mary’s words in the canticle reflect the hope of the new day: “My heart shall sing of the day you bring. Let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, And the world is about to turn.” The words of this hymn are especially comforting in these hard times, when the world seems to be so out of kilter.

We live in a world where at times there seems to be no safe place. Thousands are homeless and many more don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We live in a world where wealth seems to be disproportionally distributed, a world where the working poor don’t always have enough to eat or adequate health care. We live in a world where greed runs rampant and the Golden Rule no longer seems to exist as an example of how to live.

The song’s last verse reads: “Though the nations rage from age to age, we remember who holds us fast: God's mercy must deliver us from the conqueror's crushing grasp. This saving word that our forebears heard is the promise which holds us bound, 'til the spear and rod can be crushed by God, who is turning the world around.”

The comfort for us today, as it was for Mary all those many years ago, is that we have a loving God who sent his Son to deliver us from evil and save us from our sins. Joy will come in the morning. This is God’s promise to us. He is the light in this dark world, and he will deliver us. May this promise of joy in the morning be a comfort to each of us.

Thank God for light in the darkness and for the hope Christ brings.

Judy McDiffett

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