Faithful Mercy and GraceThe steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

I recently learned a new song called “Over and Over”.  Since the first time I heard this song, the words to the chorus have stuck with me in a very powerful way:  “Over and over, again and again God is faithful…”  I hear these words and I recall the many times in my life God has indeed been faithful.  Without God, I could not have made it through the challenges of being a single parent or through the grief of losing loved ones.  God has faithfully sustained me when finances were tight; He has faithfully protected me during numerous storms and other dangerous situations; He has faithfully given me confidence when others tried to make me feel insignificant; He has faithfully given me hope when all I could feel was the weight of despair.  Over and over, again and again, God has faithfully carried me through my most difficult times.

Every day we are faced with new challenges and trials; and every day God blesses us anew with His mercy and grace to help us get through whatever they may be.  These challenges and trials are opportunities for God to work within us and help us grow in our faith.

The song finishes with this line: “Jesus is with me, so I’ll claim the victory over and over again.”  As new challenges come my way – and no doubt they will – I know I can face them with the assurance that God will be with me, faithfully to the end.

“Over and Over” Words and music by Sue C. Smith and Belinda Lee Smith