Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
Have you ever run into a person who is always talking about the "good ole' days"?
You know the kind of person I'm talking about.
When such an individual looks back on his life, the stuff furthest back seems to be the hardest and the best.
Not so long ago I overheard an old plumber who seemed to think that way. He was chewing out his young helper, who always seemed to be tired and headed to -- or coming back from -- a coffee break. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but he certainly worked at a relaxed pace.
The master plumber said, "You think I work you hard? When I was an apprentice, we had to work hard. We used to lay the first two lengths of pipe, then the boss would turn on the water and we'd have to lay pipe to stay ahead of the flow."
I'm not about to say that the old plumber was stretching the truth. Nor am I about to say whether things were better or worse years ago.
I will say that each year I grow older, things seem to go faster. Life seems to be flying by at a speed I find hard to understand. Maybe ten years from now 2010 will be the good ole' days.
Whatever happens in the future I know I can be at peace. That's what happens when the crucified and risen Christ is by your side. Indeed, if Jesus is with you, if He is forgiving sins of the past and giving direction to your future, every day is a good ole' day.
This is the way I pray this day may be for you.
From start to finish may the Lord watch over you. From beginning to end may today be a good ole' day.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me remember every day is a day to be treasured. Because of what Jesus has done for me may my thoughts of the past be filled with good things and my anticipation of tomorrow be overflowing with Your presence, forgiveness, direction, and help. This I ask in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries