Like Mom, I’ve had this hymn a little stuck on replay for the last week. This morning I woke up with “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,” on my mind. And so once again, I sang it to Jameson — and to the Lord:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee.
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Summer and winter and spring-time and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
I love to cultivate the habit of giving thanks for everything: the food, the smell of fallen leaves, the colorful tapers burning on my mantel… But I also love meditation such as this hymn inspires — the understanding that those ten thousand blessing aside, the greatest of all is the gospel.
Strength for today…
I am thankful for so many things, but this morning I am overwhelmingly refreshed by the thought that He is all I need. In Him, I have everything. Knowing Him today, and knowing one day I’ll behold His face — that is everything.
That is my strength for today, and my exceedingly bright hope for tomorrow.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. –colossians 1