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Joy In the Morning

I will praise you, Lord, for you have saved me from my enemies. You refuse to let them triumph over me, O Lord my God, I pleaded with you, and you gave me my health again. You brought me back from the brink of the grave, from death itself, and here I am alive!

Oh, sing to him you saints of his,give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts a moment, his favor lasts for life! Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning there is joy. Psalm 30:1-5 (TLB)

Frank Gabriel lives in Texas. In the bleak midwinter as he looks out his window, he longs for the joy of a beautiful sunny day. However, Frank knows that one day the singing of the birds will announce the arrival of spring.

Frank has many dark and dreary days now because of the loss of his daughter and son-in-law, who were in the prime of their lives. As Frank talks with God, he is comforted, and God lets him know that his family and him are not alone. God has given them strength and hope for tomorrow. As the psalmist says, "Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Frank knows that God's "joy in the morning" gives them peace in their lives and the assurance that God loves us and is in control. With God's love, their bleak days and nights can turn into beautiful, new mornings.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for assuring us that you are with us and will lift us out of our despair. Thank you for giving us joy when we trust in your loving presence, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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