What’s your favorite day? A message from Chaplain Rev. Karl Kruse

There are many days to celebrate. Did you know February 7th is Bubble Gum Day? February 11th is Make a Friend Day, and the 18th is Drink Wine Day.

There’s an old adage that says, “Yesterday is the past. That’s why we call it history. Tomorrow is the future. That’s why we call it a mystery. Today is the present. That’s why we call it a gift.” The Bible says in Psalm 118:24 that “this is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

King David, who wrote those words in Psalm 118, lived a rollercoaster life with many ups and downs. He had “wild and crazy” days, “fighting giants” days, “assassination attempt” days, and “praiseworthy” days. Many of the psalms he wrote stemmed from his belief that every day is an opportunity to praise God. To him, his challenges were encouragements. David believed God was good every day—and that made every day good.

From some of David’s toughest days—when he was hungry, scared, broken, and on the run—came some of his most genuine thanks and praise to God. We often focus on the disappointments of yesterday or the uncertainties of tomorrow, missing God’s matchless gift to us: today!

Each day is a rich, precious gift from God with new grace and new opportunities. We only have this one day, and we must not be anxious for tomorrow. Even though it may have gone badly before, tomorrow can be completely new and glorious. If there is something bothering our conscience from the past, we have abundant grace and power to bring it in order today.

God made today. Let’s celebrate it and make the most of every opportunity to serve others in His name.

Reflect and pray: Lord, thank You for today. May I embrace it as Your gift, celebrate Your faithfulness, and live this day fully for You.

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Rev. Karl Kruse, M.Div.

Written by Rev. Karl Kruse, M.Div.

Karl serves as chaplain at Care Suites of Edina, Highview Hills in Lakeville, and Havenwood of Burnsville. He received his M.Div. degree from Wartburg Seminary, his Bachelor's degree in biology from Augsburg College, and his Associate's degree from Golden Valley Lutheran College. Karl has served for more than 30 years as a pastor, missionary, teacher, and chaplain.

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