Praise the LORD, O my soul; I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.

Today’s thought may seem rather simple, but let it sink in and I hope you see the joy and the glory God offers us each and every day of our lives.  I was on a walk the other day during my lunch hour and passed by the soccer field – known to me in my youth as the Blazer Club – where me and my siblings spent a lot of our time growing up.  I took a picture of the field and sent it to my siblings and we spent the next few hours talking about all of the great memories we had growing up there.  As I continued walking and thinking about the memories the rest of the day, the thought occurred to me on how vast the sum of God’s love truly is.  That one little patch of ground – maybe a little over an acre – gave my siblings and I a lot of good memories to share with each other that day.  It filled my heart with joy to remember all the good times we shared with each other, our parents and our friends on that little patch of ground.  If that soccer field could make me feel that good, how vast is God’s joy and love since He is the Master of all of the acres of earth; all of the soccer fields created – the joy and love shared by all of His creation?  I thank God everyday for the memories of my youth; I thank God everyday for the memories I now share with my children and grandchildren.  I guess my point is the joy that I have – and it is great – is only a small sum of the love that God has because He shares in each and every joyful memory that is shared by all of mankind.  That’s a lot of love!

Do something great for our Lord today – share a joyful memory with someone you love and know that the feeling of joy and love you experience is also shared with God.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and extend Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

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