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“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.  Give thanks to the God of gods, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”  (Psalm 136:1-2)

 You look around and see the wickedness of the world.  This is not the Lord’s doing, but ours.  The Lord is good and greatly to be praised.  Do not look on wickedness and the Lord at the same time.  Look to the Lord and see only the goodness He gives.  See through the pollution spewed by the wicked to see the goodness that was there first.  The love of the Lord is forever.

Lord, let me see clearly the goodness You have established.  Let me see where perversion of goodness has caused the wickedness I see.  Guide me according to Your purposes that I would walk in the way of the righteous.  Lead me according to Your purposes to be lifted up in Your countenance and walk according to Your ways.  Teach me to be one of Your lights in this world.

Lord Jesus, You who brought light and life into the world, guide me this day according to the Father’s purpose.  Lead me in the way You would have me go that I might now and forever abide in You.  Help me to see that in You alone is hope and salvation.  Guide me, Lord Jesus, in the way I need to go.  Amen.