New Mercies

I love to read familiar verses in different translations or paraphrases.

It helps my heart hear what I might otherwise miss because familiarity DOES breed a form a contempt even when considering the Word of God.

Recently, on my way through verses on HOPE I copied out Lamentations 3: 19-26.

A couple of the verses are ones most of us have seen or heard often:

mercies new every morning

But back up a little bit, and read it in a different version ( the VOICE) and it takes on even greater meaning for those of us walking in the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  

Jeremiah (the author of Lamentations and known as the “Weeping Prophet”) is overcome with grief.  He uses words I understand to describe how relentless sorrow and despair drag a heart down, down, down. 

He’s bitter, he’s crippled, he can’t move forward or even move at all.

Grievous thoughts of affliction and wandering plagued my mind—
    great bitterness and gall.
Grieving, my soul thinks back;
    these thoughts cripple, and I sink down. 

And, stopped in his tracks, he waits.

He knows he needs hope if he is to get up again.

So he turns his heart to the only One Who can help.

Gaining hope,
    I remember and wait for this thought:

He remembers that God’s love never runs out.  God will never suffer from compassion fatigue because the Lord is loyal, steadfast, inexhaustible.

God’s faithful love is new every morning! 

As reliable and obvious as the light that spreads across the eastern sky and chases the darkness from every corner.

How enduring is God’s loyal love;
    the Eternal has inexhaustible compassion.
 Here they are, every morning, new!
    Your faithfulness, God, is as broad as the day.

Repeating that truth brings a heart courage to face even the most frightening or dismal circumstances. 

No one can stop the sun!

No one can stop the unfailing, loyal love of God from breaking forth!

Have courage, for the Eternal is all that I will need.
    My soul boasts, “Hope in God; just wait.”

I can boast (make much of, speak boldly about) about my hope in the Lord because He never, ever fails.  I will not be put to shame. 

i am the lord not ashamed who wait for me

I am not left alone to my bitter thoughts and my affliction will not be forever.  When I seek Him with my whole heart, He lifts me up and carries me through the darkest night.

It is good. The Eternal One is good to those who expect Him,
    to those who seek Him wholeheartedly.
It is good to wait quietly
    for the Eternal to make things right again.

God will not allow injustice to reign forever. 

Sorrow will not have the last word! 

It is good to wait in full confidence, trusting that the Lord I love, loves me and will redeem and restore everything the enemy has stolen.  

“The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes”

Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons

sunrise trees

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

5 thoughts on “New Mercies”

  1. I’ve been following your blog for over a year. My son Ryan ‘ran ahead of us to Heaven’ July 9, 2016 … 32y/o … accidental overdose 😢. I will never recover. Time will forevermore be marked by Before and After, just like you. Almost every time I read your blog it’s the exact thing I’m going through, have realized and/or need to know. Thank you for your commitment to share your experiences. I don’t know if I could do it…
    today you mentioned bible translations, the Voice in particular. Since there are several at Christian Book Distributors would you please be more specific about the exact name, title and puclisherer. I love the Word of God (NAS) and normally am not at all drawn to the type of bible you described but hey, everything has changed. Right? Thank you & God keep you and yours. _Debbie Campbell

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    1. Debbie, through biblegateway.com you can access probably 30 English language versions. The VOICE is a translation through Thomas Nelson publishers. I am so sorry for your loss and pain. May the Lord give you precisely what you need for each day. ❤️

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  2. This is absolutely beautiful, Melanie. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your heart as you study and search out hope in the scriptures. I was so enthralled with your words as I read along, then came the last few lines by Matt Redman, and my heart plunged into that place we are all too familiar with. My youngest daughter played and sang that song at our son’s funeral. It was something I will never forget, but as beautiful as it is, my heart still clenches when I see the words or hear the melody. I love it, though. Thank you for reading my little heart-crushing memory, and for sharing your heart with us all. God bless you.

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    1. The deputy came before sunrise on that morning and as I walked out to feed animals, I made myself sing that song. It was a way of declaring to the powers of darkness that they would not, could not win It was already a favorite and that morning cemented it as an anthem for my heart.

      Thank you for taking time to share your heart and encourage mine. ❤

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