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)

New every morning. Isn’t that a great reminder? But it is more–it is a declaration. This day is new. Brand new, a January 1st of God’s mercies and faithfulness. Yesterday, with its pain and fears and bad headlines, is gone. Over. Why do we relive and rehash so many things? New every morning. If only I could make this fully true in my life. No regrets. No “if onlys.” No wonderings. No bad tapes. Simply a trusting in the mercies of a good God. An open door to God’s faithfulness.

King David in Psalm 144 makes a promise: “Every day I will praise you.”  Praise. Every day. Every new day. This new day! Can we sing…

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
And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

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
Lord every morning new mercies I see
And all I have needed Thy hands hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

According to Celtic Daily Prayer, in parts of Scotland and England, New Years Day is a big deal. Not just a New Years Eve party, but the dawning of a new day on January first. People travel around to their neighbors bringing food and drink. They wish each other well. They often sing or recite this ancient Scottish poem and prayer. Can you say it, too, with conviction:

This day is a new day
that has never been before.
This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Open the door.

Enter, Lord Christ –
we have joy in Your coming.
You have given us life;
and we welcome Your coming.

I turn now to face You,
I lift up my eyes.
Be blessing my face, Lord;
be blessing my eyes.
May all my eye looks on
be blessed and be bright,
my neighbours, my loved ones
be blessed in Your sight.

You have given us life
and we welcome Your coming.
Be with us, Lord,
we have joy, we have joy.

This year is a new year,
the opening door.
Be with us, Lord,
we have joy, we have joy.


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