Monday, May 14, 2012

New Mercies

I sensed it there before I even opened my eyes this morning, that little black cloud hovering somewhere close to the ceiling. It comes without warning, announcing its arrival with a little twist of the heart. There is no reason to feel discouraged and defeated, but then it doesn't need a good reason. It simply is.

It begins with a tiny vapor and gathers to itself all the failures and disappointments, the fears and the doubts of countless yesterdays. It hangs sullen and somber - calling us to defeat - to just pull up the covers and refuse to set one foot on the floor.

Having put off the inevitable for as long as I could, I slowly opened my eyes.  The sky looked gray and cloudy, but there it was anyway - a shaft of sunlight reflected in the old lamp.




"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3: 22,23



The gentle light dispelled the cloud. The reminder, from the hand of the great Creator, of His limitless love and unending mercy lifted the weight.

I am so grateful for:
- mercy - an endless succession of new days
- the whispers and giggles of little granddaughters
- four generations of family together
- a phone call from a far away son
- bright colored tulips
- beautiful, thoughtful words
- grace
- all the seats at the big table filled

Joining Ann and Laura today:






Blessings,
Linda

8 comments:

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Four generations of family together... oh that is so wonderful and special!! An amazing gift! :)

lil red hen said...

There are lots of mornings the little gray cloud hovers over my bed, turning my insides into knots. I never expected this to happen in the "golden" years of my life. But, I crawl on out of bed and start over, knowing God is with me.

grammy said...

Loved catching up here...
Looks like you are setteling in at your new place. Great family gatherings (o:

S. Etole said...

So thankful the light dispelled the cloud for you.

Anonymous said...

and you reflect His Light...

Lyli @ 3dLessons4Life said...

So thankful for this promise!

Lyla Lindquist said...

"...but then it doesn't need a good reason. It simply is."

Isn't that the truth? It comes even without reason. I'm so glad for that glimmer of sunshine on the lamp -- and that you were present to it enough to notice. That's it right there, Linda. :)

Deb Colarossi said...

sigh.
You are so very mindful. I get this. I do.

love to you. Belated Mother's Day hugs. xoox