A New Day

July 21, 2016
by John Stuart

Isaiah 45:6 – From the rising of the sun to the place of its setting, people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. (NIV 2011)

I'm usually awake before each sunrise, so I get to watch the sun's red glow permeate slowly across the morning sky. It is a peaceful and sacred time which helps me get into the right frame of mind for my daily work. Soaking in a sunrise enables me to embrace the day ahead by allowing me some quiet time to collect my thoughts and plan out my working hours.

Today's chosen verse also reminds me that each day comes as a gift from God as another opportunity to praise and serve Him in all that I seek to accomplish. My life belongs to God, so whatever I do should reflect both His goodness to me and my glory of Him. I don't always get it right, but when I do, I draw nearer to God and deepen my relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. Then, when sunset occurs at the end of the day and I rest my head upon my pillow, I can smile as I pray and thank God for all that I've experienced and completed.

As we embrace this new day, let's look for the opportunities that God gives us to share our faith with others, through Christ's compassion, care, and love. If we set out to do this, then the people around us may come to know of God as our living Lord.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for the gift of another day. You know all that we seek to accomplish; You understand all that we need to do. Help and guide us to do whatever we can to accept, support, and encourage others, so that we may serve You effectively, positively, and lovingly. In Christ's holy name, we pray. Amen.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    May it be so John.


    What a lovely message. It’s wonderful to “hear your voice” again, John.


    What a wonderful devotional. Thank you for sharing it!!
    Do continue to write.


    Thank you, John, for sharing the way you search for the Lord’s purpose each day. Blessings.


    John: Thank you for such a simple but important message today. I will go forward today remembering that the day itself is a gift.
    Thank you.


    John – Thanks for sharing this intimate look into your getting ready for a new day — turning to Him for direction with the many opportunities to serve Him; how precious is that!


    Great devotional, John. Great advice.
    God bless you.


    Sounds like you got the right approach to maintaining contact with our Lord.
    God Bless you Martin.


    Dear John Stuart,
    Thank you for your devotional
    I chose four high points from it. You probably can guess what they were!
    Then I added: “And dear God please give us opportunities to share your Word of grace. Amen.” Which you included in a way.
    Please keep writing.

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