Articles by Stan Dean

"Good" Morning?

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When we begin our Sunday morning service someone is designated to stand before the congregation to welcome them and direct the thoughts toward worship. Most of the time on a screen behind the podium the words “Good Morning And Welcome To Killen” are displayed. It seems simple enough- - but a couple of Sundays ago, there was a new wrinkle for a few of us.

My oldest grandson is in first grade and fascinated with his new world of reading. He tries to sound out about any word he sees, but is still in the early stages of learning how to read. So, as the service was getting under way and the “Good Morning…” was displayed, my grandson broke into laughter. His dad quickly asked him what was so funny. He replied, “Somebody put too many `O's' in God.”

 

I laughed a little too when I heard what had happened! But then I got to thinking about this in another way. In short, I asked myself, what is the difference in a “good morning” and a “God morning”? Now, I am not suggesting that we start greeting each other with “God morning” instead of “Good morning,” but the thought within itself is intriguing. My point is: any morning that is “good,” is so because God made it that way.

 

Remember the words of James: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). Further, in that God makes every day, there is reason to rejoice in every day's goodness. Thus, we would do well to adopt the Psalmist's spirit, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

 

Every day is not sunny and bright. We do not always feel our best- - every day. Some days it seems that nothing goes our way. But when all is said and done there is still reason to declare every day a “good day.” Why so? Because we know that every day is a “God day.”