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“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”  Lamentations 3:24 ESV

“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”  Psalm 94:19 ESV

There is a song called “Gone Crazy” sung by Alan Jackson.  One line of the chorus states, “Ever since you left, I’ve been gone”.  It spoke to my heart as there are times that we lose someone and we are still physically present but we are emotionally gone.  Such is the case with losing Danni.  I go through the everyday routines but many times I feel mentally and emotionally checked out.

Genesis 37 tells the story of Joseph. His brothers are jealous of him and his big dreams so they plot to kill him. Instead of killing him, they sell him as a slave. They come up with a plan to tell their father. They kill a goat then dip Joseph’s robe into the blood. They take it to their father, Jacob, and he believes Joseph to be killed by a wild animal. Verse 34 tells us, “Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. ‘No,’ he said, ‘I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.'” So his father wept for him”.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 states that there is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.  Lamentations 3:22-24 tells us, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail, They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  Did you catch that phrase?  I say to myself!

What are you saying to yourself?  Are your thoughts negative and only of the past?  Are you noticing the sunrise of a new day where God’s great love for us is shown in numerous ways?  Are you gone emotionally or are you present for the beauty of God’s great gifts to us?  Do you tell yourself to arise and shine with God’s love?

Yes, there is a time to weep. Even Jesus wept.  There is a time to laugh and a time to mourn but let’s be present to experience God’s great love for us.  It is new every morning.

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