“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT

As the sights and sounds of Christmas fade from our memories for another year we’re left with the presents which have neither been consumed nor rubbed or sprayed on. The pen or the new keyboard at our hand, the book on the table, the CD or DVD on the shelf, and the scarf and gloves in the cupboard will continue for some time to be a reminder of Granny’s or someone else’s gift to us in 2012.

Sadly most of these items will sooner or later lose their significance, and will either break, or wear out, and consequently be forgotten, lost or disposed of. How different are the blessings or ‘presents’ we receive from the Lord! The Lord’s blessings and mercies, as the verse above reminds us, are new every morning. They neither lose their significance or age, nor wear out. Whereas thoughts and memories of gifts received in 2012 may fade, the Lord’s continual call through Scripture is to remember Him and all His blessings.

For example the Psalmist encourages himself (and us) to ‘Praise the Lord … and never forget the good things he does for me’ (Psalm 103:2). Throughout 2013 perhaps we all need to do more of what this song encourages us to do – ‘Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done. Count your blessings name them by the score, and it will surprise you there are thousands more!’ When we do this we’ll discover that what God offers us is not just for Christmas, but for evermore. Writer :

Malcolm Wood Excerpt taken from “Seeds of the Kingdom”