“Mornings are the hardest,” she whispered. I knew exactly what she meant. I haven’t lost a spouse, but I’ve had my share of heartache. Grief has a way of rearing its head in the morning. As we rub the sleep out of our eyes, we awaken to the realization that the diagnosis is in, the affair has been confirmed, the child has walked away, or our loved one is gone forever. The devastation we thought was a nightmare is our new reality, and we want to crawl under our covers and never come out.
Maybe that’s why Scripture is filled with promises for the morning. “God is in the midst of her. She shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns” (Psalm 46:5). Just as the sun crests over the horizon, God is present to help.
“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul” (Psalm 143:8).
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
Alongside our grief, God reminds us of His faithful love.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). The word “mercies” in this verse refers to God’s steadfast love, His goodness and kindness.
When you can’t imagine how you’ll make it through another day, or week, or month, or year, take comfort in this truth: God will surround you with His steadfast love when you wake up tomorrow morning. And the morning after that, and every morning after that…
Let’s look to Him together as morning dawns.