I Am with You, Declares the Lord (Haggai 1:13)

Haggai 1:13 says, "Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord." This reassurance was given to the Israelites who had returned from exile and were tasked with rebuilding the temple. They were discouraged and overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but God, through Haggai, reminded them that He was with them, providing the strength and encouragement they needed to continue their work. Today, this verse is a powerful reminder that God’s presence is always with us, especially when we face daunting challenges. Just as the Israelites felt overwhelmed by the task of rebuilding, we too often encounter situations that seem beyond our abilities. Whether it is a demanding job, family responsibilities, or personal struggles, we can feel discouraged and unsure of how to move forward. In these moments, God’s declaration, "I am with you," offers us the comfort and strength we need to persevere. Making this re

Thirty-Sixth Day of Lenten Reflection: "The Lord's mercies are new every morning"

As we enter the thirty-sixth day of Lenten reflection, we reflect on the enduring promise found in Lamentations 3:23, "The Lord's mercies are new every morning." This verse, nestled within a book marked by grief and sorrow, shines as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the constant and renewing grace of God.

Lent is a period of solemnity and contemplation, often highlighting our need for forgiveness and God's mercy. The assurance that His mercies are new every morning speaks profoundly to this need. It is a reminder that no matter what failures or setbacks we faced yesterday, each day brings a fresh start, a new opportunity to experience God’s forgiveness and grace.

The concept of God's mercies being new each morning is an invitation to view each day with hope and expectation. In a world where we often carry the burdens of the past, this promise encourages us to let go of yesterday’s failures and to embrace the newness of today. It is an encouragement to start each day afresh, basking in God’s mercy and allowing it to shape our thoughts, words, and actions.

Moreover, this verse speaks to the inexhaustible nature of God’s mercy. Unlike human compassion, which can sometimes grow tired or wear thin, God’s mercy never runs out. It is as constant as the sunrise, a symbol of His unchanging nature and endless love. In the midst of the Lenten journey, which often involves introspection and acknowledgment of our shortcomings, this truth is incredibly comforting.

Furthermore, the renewing mercy of God is not just a personal experience; it is also a call to extend the same grace to others. Just as we receive new mercies each day, we are called to offer forgiveness, understanding, and compassion to those around us. Lent is a time to practice this mercy in our relationships, reflecting the grace we have so abundantly received.

As we continue through the final days of Lenten reflection, let us meditate on the promise of God's new mercies each morning. May this assurance inspire us to live each day with renewed hope, gratitude, and a commitment to show mercy to others. In the faithfulness of God’s mercy, we find the strength and motivation to journey through Lent and beyond, growing ever closer to Him and embodying His love in our lives.

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