Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
Dr Rich Melheim, (speaker, educator, family councilor, author) writes that at the end of the day, you should be able to name your high and low for the day and pray about both. This is not as easy as it sounds. We don’t want ugliness in our lives. Too often we choose to only see or remember the good, ignoring evil in the world and ourselves.
In the midst of trial we are so willing to pray. The old saying “there are no atheists in fox holes” comes to mind. But, as soon as the immediate trouble eases, we shy away. We want to move on, put it behind us, build a wall around the pain and be over it.
Hiding from pain, glossing over our part in creating it, covering the grace we received along with it, encourages us to believe we are the center of recovery. It puffs up a pride that wipes out humility. It steals our compassion for others who are struggling. It blinds us to paths that are Jesus’ will for our lives.
May we each pause today and revisit a time of darkness, remembering, atoning, and praising God for mercy and grace.