Daily Word of Grace # 227 (April 26, 2021)

The closing song on Taylor Swifts 2017 album reputation is the moving ballad “New Year’s Day” in which she describes what faithful love looks like: “You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi.  I can tell that it’s gonna be a long road.  I’ll be there if you’re the toast of the town, babe, or if you strike out and are crawling home.  Don’t read the last page but I stay when it’s hard or it’s wrong or we’re making mistakes.  I want your midnights but I’ll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day.”  Yes, true love is indeed “a long road” and God’s love for you remains true throughout the long road of your life.  God’s love for you is steadfast and unchanging in both the peaks of your life when “you’re the toast of the town” and the valleys of your life when “you strike out and are crawling home.”  God’s love remains true especially when circumstances in your life are “hard” or” wrong” and when you’re “making mistakes.”  And yes, when you find yourself picking up pieces of something in your life that has broken, you will find that God will be “cleaning up bottles with you on New Year’s Day” for God’s love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” and “never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).

Love and Prayers,