I think the toughest part of life is that we all want to have a reason to move into a new day.  This past week, I met a friend who has mental health struggles.  Arising from bed in the morning is no easy task.  Having friends who care and expectations from a job give at least some incentive.  Even then, the struggle is great.

As I reflected on his life, I am reminded that each day is a gift.  Opening the day means that we are shown what is ours, and we are reminded that our task is to grab the gift – not just look at it.

I suppose for some the hesitation comes from disappointment or even violence when they have sought out a gift.  For others of us, we are so distracted with the ruts we have created in life we miss the better path.  For my friend, the imbalance of chemicals may create a fog as he seeks the gift of a new day.

May we all enter this new day trusting that God, who is good, will give to us a great gift of a new day. This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.