Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 40:3

“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  May will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.”

Sometimes life can seem like one long rut.  At least that’s what I have heard others say.

Thankfully, I can’t really say I feel that way about things.

I find that most days there is more than enough coming my way that I typically think, if anything, I could use a little less coming my way!

To put it in a more positive way, I echo what the Psalmist says above.  Every day God puts a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise.

There are new things to learn, new people to meet, new challenges to undertake, new opportunities to serve.

I feel sad for those who say life has become more of a “re-run” – like an old TV show that constantly runs the same episodes over and over again.

Surely God’s universe is large enough that, with a little effort, we can all find something new to experience; something new to share with others.

In the same Psalm that we read of “new” songs being in our mouths – there are also these words of encouragement:

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done.  The things you planned for us no can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”

Anyone who can proclaim that clearly doesn’t live in a rut.

Every day a new song of praise – sounds like a pretty good life to me.

Prayer: Lord, may I lift up my voice in new praise daily.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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