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How to Start and End a Day

June 13, 2014

As I was reviewing Darrell Johnson’s fine new book The Glory of Preaching (IVP) I was struck by his comment on the great statement in Hebrews that Jesus Christ holds “sustains “all things by his powerful word.” Darrell writes:

It is happening this very moment. Do you realize that? Do you realize that you and I , along with the whole universe, are being held together, sustained, by the word of Jesus Christ?

Were he to stop speaking is word, everything would tumble into chaos.

As G. K. Chesterton suggested, each new day is not just the product of an inexorable mechanical process; rather, each new day is the result of God saying, “Do it again!” To the sun, “Do it again!” To the moon, “Do it again!” To my heart, “Beat again!” To your lungs, “Breathe again!”

Which is why “thank you” is the most appropriate response for human beings to speak at the beginning, middle, and end of the day.

Thanks, Darrell. Now that’s a powerful way to start and live and end each day!

Leighton Ford

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