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“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

As you read these words the Psalmist wrote, do you ever wonder what they mean? It is easy to rejoice when life is going well or is as normal as it can be. The phone rings and you hear the words, “It’s a boy!” And you rejoice. But the day can change in a twinkling of an eye. The phone rings and a loved one has unexpectedly died. And you wonder why? How can we rejoice at such a time as this? We struggle to find meaning in the events of life that bring pain and suffering. And still there is hope.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is our hope every day of our lives. In the joy of life, in the sorrow of life, Jesus is always with us to sustain and uphold us and this is good news for all. No matter what the day may bring we know that our Lord and Savior Jesus is with us to lean on, rest on, and build upon, and in this we knowledge we rejoice every day. However, there is more to these two verses from scripture that we need to realize.

In both verses we are the recipients of God’s love and grace. Every day of life is a new day we receive from God. Every day we receive new life in Jesus through his life, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Every day our lives are changed as our sins are washed away through the waters of baptism. Every day is a day to rejoice in. Every day is new life in Christ. But there is something missing in our lives, if life is all about what we receive from God. What is it that Jesus asks of his disciples, and of us, to this day?

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

This is God’s command to all Christians - to tell the story of God’s love and grace made known to the world through God’s Son Jesus the Christ. This is Jesus’s promise to us that he will always be with us as strive to live and share the good news with others. This is our call as followers of Christ. Let us rejoice in this good news every day as Christ our LORD leads and guides us in proclaiming this good news to one and all!

Pastor Charles D. Johnson

Dakota Prairie Lutheran Parish:

Bethany Lutheran Church, Rhame

Bowman Lutheran Church, Bowman

First Lutheran Church, Rhame

Lebanon Lutheran Church, Amidon

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