My Psalm: Forever Is A Long Time

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Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 

To him who was on his throne when my older brother came into the world with severe birth defects and died shortly after birth. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who allowed me to be born in good health, even though my mother was not in the best of health. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who took care of me when my grandmother dropped me on my head when I was a baby. No, that’s not a joke and, yes, that does explain a lot. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who was in complete control when my parents split up. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who ordained that my mother would move our family to the southern suburbs of Atlanta where we would become a part of a church that took the gospel seriously. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who, in his grace, allowed me at five-years-old to hear a girl’s testimony being played on a cassette tape at the other end of my house while I was watching cartoons so that the gospel message would penetrate my heart and lead me to faith and repentance. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who surrounded me with many good men to be my spiritual fathers. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who allowed things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat to not be invented until long after my teenage years, thus saving me from a life of embarrassment, prison, unemployment, death and dismemberment. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who speaks to me through his word and reminds me, even when fear seems ready to consume me, “I am with you always.” For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who lovingly welcomed my mother into his presence as we saw her slowly leave ours. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who showed me that love at first sight is a real thing when he allowed me to meet the best woman I have ever known. A month later I asked her to marry me. By God’s mercy, she said yes. Ten years later, she’s even better and more beautiful than she was when I first saw her that rainy September night. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who allowed my firstborn son to be healthy and smart even though he didn’t take his first breath until four minutes after he was born. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who allowed a doctor’s office to make a mistake and tell my wife that our second child was miscarried. That mistake led us to medicine that eventually saved his life. Now he’s happy, healthy and making me laugh every day. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who has allowed me to be the pastor of a church that loves Jesus more than it does committees, power grabs, traditions and by laws. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who holds the entire universe in his hands, even as greedy and bloodthirsty men and organizations try to grasp it in theirs. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who allowed Truett Cathy to invent the chicken sandwich. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who created laughter and uses it to remind us that true joy can only be found in him. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who developed the concept of music and uses it to move us to know and love him more. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who is one day coming back to forever take away cancer, Alzheimer’s, debt, divorce and other realities of a fallen world. For his steadfast love endures forever.

To him who created forever and promises us that that’s how long his love for us will last and how long we will be with him. Forever is a long time. For his steadfast love endures forever.

It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever; and rescued us from our foes, for his steadfast love endures forever; he who gives food to all flesh, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:23-26 

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