Lord, help me see tomorrow

Scripture – Psalm 30:10-12 NIV

Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me;
     O LORD, be my help."
You turned my wailing into dancing;
      you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
      O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

I wanted to share a poem with you this week. It is by Mary Ann Bernard entitled “Resurrection.”

Long, long, long ago;
Way before this winter’s snow
First fell upon these weathered fields;
I used to sit and watch and feel
And dream of how the spring would be,
When through the winter’s stormy sea
She’d raise her green and growing head,
Her warmth would resurrect the dead.

Long before this winter’s snow
I dreamt of this day’s sunny glow
And thought somehow my pain would pass
With winter’s pain, and peace like grass
Would simply grow. The pain’s not gone.
It’s still cold and hard and long
As lonely pain has ever been,
It cuts so deep and far within.

Long before this winter’s snow
I ran from pain, looked high and low
For some fast way to get around
Its hurt and cold. I’d have found,
If I had looked at what was there,
That things don’t follow fast or fair.
That life goes on, and times do change,
And grass does grow despite life’s pains.

Long before this winter’s snow
I thought that this day’s sunny glow,
The smiling children and growing things
And flowers bright were brought by spring.
Now I know the sun does shine,
That children smile, and from the dark, cold grime
A flower comes. It groans, yet sings,
And through its pain, its peace begins.


Christ never promises peace in the sense of no more struggle and suffering. Instead, he helps us to struggle and suffer as he did, in love, for one another.


Heavenly Father, I pray for those who face great temptation;
     who feel overwhelmed by tasks too great for their powers;
     who stand in any valley of decision;
     who are suffering the consequences of misdeeds long ago repented of;
     who, by reason of early surroundings,
     have never had a fair chance in life. Amen.