Yes indeed, this IS the day! Today is no doubt the day that the glacier that has been in front of my house since the beginning of December will finally disappear. Three weeks ago it measured 6 feet tall and extended some 20 feet out from the curb. This morning it consisted of a mere 2 dinner plate sized ice bergs that will most certainly not be there to greet me when I return home this evening. This IS the day…I will rejoice and be glad in it! That’s also a song that I sing with the preschool children as they leave chapel each week and return to their classrooms. There is one more item that truly makes the song special. “This the day THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I guess to me that says that not only on days when the snow melts away, but also on those when it’s falling and piling up, that I should be rejoicing, being glad and thanking the Lord. That’s hard for me to do! Hard, because of my selfish sinful nature. When I decide that I don’t like something it causes me to ignore and reject the goodness of God. I lose sight of all the wonderful things that He has done for me and continues to do…EVERY DAY! This sentence; “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Comes from a section of Psalm 118 that is speaking about the coming our Savior Jesus who would bring about our salvation by being rejected and put to death by His chosen people. Even on the day of His crucifixion and death our Lord rejoiced and was glad in it, as it would be the day of His victory and glorification. The fact of God’s infinite and eternal mercy, grace and love shown to us in Christ is reason enough to rejoice and be glad in each and every day…the presence of suburban glaciers notwithstanding!
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009