Meridian Star


May 10, 2014

From the Shepherd's Heart

MERIDIAN — “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your Faithfulness.” — Lamentations 3:22, 23


“Are you a morning person?” This question implies that morning people love to jump out of bed early. For some, the answer is, “Yes, I love to see the sunrise!”     Morning people can’t wait to see what the day holds. Morning people know how the birds sing so cheerfully at the break of day. Morning people seem to have a positive anticipation of the day that breaks. I will admit, “I am a morning person!”

    For others, hiding under the covers as long as possible is the proper strategy for meeting the day. Responsibilities, challenges and frustrations make the security under the pillow seem inviting. To buy another ten minutes of silence is all some want to hear at the break of day.

    Jeremiah wrote the words of “Lamentations” during difficult and trying times. At the time these words were penned, there was little positive to anticipate. Yet, Jeremiah found the reason for meeting a new day with optimism.

    His optimism did not find its basis in the circumstances on the street or the headlines in the news. Jeremiah’s optimism was in the compassions of the Lord. Jeremiah anticipated the mercy of God in every new day.

    Mercy is unmerited compassion. Mercy is a second chance to show we can do better. Mercy is the “clean sheet of paper” a new day offers without the remembrance of all the past storms of life. Mercy is the dawn of a new opportunity to discover how the Lord loves us even more than we thought.

    People of faith should be people of anticipation of a great day! Their trust is never in themselves. Their trust is in a faithful God who always looks on us with mercy and compassion. When we know a day is going to be special, we want to arise early and enjoy every moment the day holds.

    If you are having trouble facing the day, don’t face it alone. Let the Lord have your day and focus on Him. What you will see are blessings and celebrations you couldn’t anticipate and you didn’t deserve! The reason they come is because God is trying to say to us that He knows our frailties and failures, but He enjoys our faith when we let Him guide us through the day we are about to embrace.

Dr. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, located at 4032 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian. Visit the church website online at www.

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