The Shepheard's Heart -- Thankful for God's mercy
We are told in Scripture that God's mercies for us are new every morning ... Lamentations 3:22-23 says ... "It is the by Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not ... They are new every morning: Great is the faithfulness."
The Hebrew word translated "mercy" is "hadas" and it means something never before experienced. In other words, the mercy God shows us today is different -- qualitatively or quantitatively, or both -- from yesterday, or the day before, or the day before the day before.
Just as the seasonal flu vaccine changes from year to year, God's mercy changes from day to day. It's an entirely new strain of mercy.
Because we won't sin today the way we did yesterday; we won't have the same needs today that we had yesterday; we won't face the same temptations or circumstances or distractions today that we will face tomorrow.
Try this exercise. Think about how old you are -- not in years, but in days. That's the sum total of different kinds of mercy you've received life-to-date.
So what does that mean? It means that by the time you're 21 years old you've experienced around 7,665 unique and specific mercies. When you hit midlife, that number rises to about 14,600. And by the time you hit retirement age, God has "mercied" you some in 23,725 uniquely different ways.
As we prepare our hearts for this Thanksgiving season, we should remember -- and be thankful for -- the daily mercies provided to us by a loving and compassionate God.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.