Strength for today, Hope for tomorrow

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 wilt be.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside!

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!
(Thomas Obediah Chisholm, 1866-1960)

This song is my meditation today. Today we are so weary. Today we are feeling helpless, not hopeless, but as if we have very little to cling to. It is a day in which I know the prayers of many is the only thing holding us up. Ryan has had 3 shifts in a row now without work. Imagine going in to a job-a job for which we are very thankful despite it being very little pay and nowwhere what we need to get by-and they tell you they don't need you, they don't have work for you. Needless to say the stress level is heightened even more so than usual. We find ourselves today in desperate need of provision, provision that we know the Lord is aware of, that He sees and He knows exactly what we need. I try to imagine how Ryan must feel in the place he is. Every job he can apply for he has done just that, and yet this job was the only one to open up. He has done everything humanly possible to put himself out there with ministry jobs and secular jobs and this is the only door that has opened. There is a void for him now that he has no place to serve, as things with our home church still feel awkward in light of how his job ended there. So for today, we choose to embrace the strength that only God can give in knowing He has a place for us to serve and is moving us toward that. We have strength today in knowing we have a roof over our heads, food in our refrigerator and a warm bed to sleep in at night. We are far from destitute, and we recognize there are so many people who have far greater needs than ours today. We will embrace the strength that comes from God and His faithfulness to us so many times before, and we have hope in tomorrow knowing He will meet our every need. We are here, Lord, we are broken, we are humbled, we are ready to embrace whatever you have for us to do. What a mighty God we serve, and what an amazing work He is doing in our hearts. What is to come, we do not know for sure, but we know it is coming. Thank you Lord, for your faithfulness to us each and every day.
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