“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his faithful love endures forever.”
2020. What can we say? What a year. Typically, I am the very last person to say or believe that one particular year is in and of itself good or bad. I just think that time goes on and some days are good, and some days are bad. But even I can’t deny the fact that this has been a challenging year, to say the very least. As we approach the end, hopefully in every way, of an overwhelmingly eventful year, I find myself contemplating one thing, and that is gratitude. Much time has been spent complaining, too much time has been spent debating and arguing points of fact, there have been lots of tears, fears, anxieties and anything else you can think of. Also, it is a fact that everyone has experienced the same thing at the exact same time. However, as I look back, all I feel is grateful. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1) The Message Bible simply says, “His love never quits.”
Some of us have jobs that have ended, living arrangements that have ended, a particular political party’s reign has ended with much contention, relationships have been forever altered or ended, but I find solace in knowing that HIS love never quits, His love never ends. I needed that. After everything that has gone on, I needed to know that.
I was having a conversation with my niece and we were talking about how everyone is experiencing mass isolation. Having to quarantine for safety also meant we didn’t get a chance to spend as much face to face time with each other as we are accustomed to. That meant many of us felt isolated and lonely, but we all felt it together. We were discussing how once the Corona Virus pandemic is over, we are going to have to reevaluate our relationships or more accurately, how we relate to others. But even if that’s the case, His love never quits. For believers, even in our isolation, we were never alone. Jesus didn’t take a “breather” or have a need to be quarantined or separate from us, He didn’t stop loving, caring, protecting, providing and fathering us. We had to quit going out as much as we did, we had to quit traveling for a period of time, we had to quit going into our offices (for some of us), plans had to be altered, canceled or changed, but His love never quit. We felt tired, lonely, anxious, angry, sad, but He was always and will always be there.
If you find yourself a little wearied by this battle that we’ve all been in, approach the end of this year and the holiday season with a heart of gratitude. It’s hard to complain when you are grateful. It’s hard to remain fearful when you remember the creator of the heavens and the earth is with you and will never leave you. Choose gratitude and His never ending, never quitting, never giving up, or never running out love as your motivation and comfort to finish strong and gear up for what’s to come.