The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, January 1, 2022 comes to us from Frine Paola Cedano Berroa of Dominican Republic
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. 2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 3 You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. 5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning: 6 In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it is dry and withered. 7 We are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. 8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. 9 All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. 10 Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. 11 If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. 12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:1-12 NIV
“Counting the Days”
This year I resolved not to forget what day it is. I know it sounds a bit absurd to forget what day it is, but sometimes it happens. In high school we were instructed to write the date on each page in our notebook. At university, this practice was not required, making it easier to lose track of the days.
Today’s reading reminds us to think about how we spend our days. Do we pass our time not even knowing what day it is? Or do we strive to live life to the fullest according to God’s will, gaining insight and praising God? Today is a good day to begin to live a purpose-filled life guided by the Holy Spirit. Now, using a pocket calendar, I have found a tool that helps me set and remember my agenda for the day. Each day we live for God is significant; it offers new opportunity to bless the Lord and bless others. Each day we can ask God to “teach us to number our days” and to increase our knowledge.
Since the pandemic began, I have often forgotten what day I was actually experiencing. Somehow, the loss of structure in that time of distress challenged my capacity to focus on tasks and times. I have found that when I remember that each and every day is a precious and holy gift from God, I can focus better not only to accomplish more chores, but also serve God’s world with more genuine hope and faith.
Giver of life, each day is a gift from you. Help us to acknowledge that gift as we work to do your will and praise your name. Amen.
--Frine Paola Cedano Berroa
Gratitude for the start of a New Year.
Thought for the Day:
My agenda today is to be grateful for God’s blessings.