Mercy me?

My friend, may I ask you a question? How important is it to take stock of what divine mercy we possess from time to time? Ought we to do an inventory of what we value, choose to keep or not to keep in light of God’s grace?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

Life is full of exciting things to wish for. Over my lifetime I’ve had longings for many things; some of them achieved, others not. There was a time many years ago where I longed to find that perfect mate, the woman who would be by my side for decades, through thick and thin. By God’s grace I found her. There were many other things, big and small, along life’s road that I longed for. There was a time I really wanted one particular job. Someone else got that one. Since I collect Wisconsin automobile, license plates, there was that 1911 plate I was never able to add to my collection. There’s a spot in my collection today that remains vacant for that beautiful silver and black plate. Of course, there were many other “things” that are now mine and many that are not. In that sense, life is a storehouse. God gives us a lot of space into which to put things we value. Some are right and good to be there, others, unfortunately, are probably not what he has in mind for us. God gives us the Christian freedom to pick and choose what we wish and to store them up.

I think it’s important to take stock of what we possess in this way from time to time. In a sense, do an inventory of what we value, choose to keep or not to keep. I can tell you that I will never let go of my wife, Holly. Jobs come and go, and 1911 license plates are mundane when you think about it. But there is one thing I believe God is very determined to include in our collection of valuable “things,” himself. Do you possess God and have him firmly secured in your storehouse of life’s riches and blessings? God is a spirit and can’t be contained; but, he does give us ways of storing him up.

Here’s a breaking, personal update. Recently I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Without a doubt it is one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever faced in my life. At the time of this posting I am, God-willing, resting in the ICU and beginning the long road to recovery with a “remodeled heart”. At first when I was diagnosed I went through the usual roller coaster of emotions, anger to sorrow and back again. That’s normal. Then, one day on a prayer walk, God interrupted my roller coaster ride with a gift for my life’s storehouse. He presented that gift to me with these words from Genesis, “Do not be afraid . . . I am your shield.” Then, he moved my heart to put those words into storage so that I might open them today and use them to uphold me and remind me of his mercies. Without heart disease, I might never have owned this gift as I do today. He reminded me that he was working this disease in my life to make me into the man he wanted me to be from before the beginning of time. “Mark, you are my work in progress.” Could there be any greater treasure than this? If all things that I’ve stored up in my life are taken away and yet this one gift remains in my life’s storehouse, I could be no richer even if all the world’s pleasures, including that 1911 plate, were suddenly poured upon me. Praise God, praise his holy, name.

We pray. Heavenly Father, “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper! You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen. (Psalm 30, vs. 10-12)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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