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This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
(Psalm 118:24)

This was my grandmother’s favorite verse. She had it embroidered on a pillow she kept in a chair in her living room. Every time I would visit her, I would have to move the pillow to sit down, thus being reminded of the verse. Often in our talks, I would end up telling her something that was bothering me, and she would remind me of her favorite scripture.

One day, I asked her why she loved that verse so much. She replied that it reminded her that God made each and every day to be lived and rejoiced in — no matter the earthly circumstances. Of course, I believe that scripture to be true, the day I got married, the days my kids were born — absolutely days to be rejoiced in. A typical Tuesday when I am stuck in the mile-long carpool line picking up my kids, those days should be rejoiced in, too.

See, God asks us to look past the worldly trouble and inconveniences, and while every day may not be the best day, there is something good in every day. We just need to switch our focus to rejoicing and remembering that today is indeed a day the Lord has made.

My grandma passed away a couple of weeks ago, and through my tears all I could think about was that God made this day, especially to call her home, and even though we may feel sorrow, we should be rejoicing that she was with our Savior.

This week I invite you to be like my grandma, and tell yourself every day, “This is the day is the day that the Lord has made” — and rejoice in it.

Janet Loos
Salem Office Administrator

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