THIS IS THE DAY                                                          Psalm 118:19-29

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (v24)

In 1940, Dr Virginia Connelly, age 27, braved opposition and criticism to become the first female physician in Abileme, Texas. A few months before her 100th birthday in 2012, the Texas Medical Association presented her with its Distinguished Service Award, Texas’s highest physician honour. Between those two landmark events, Dr Connally has enthusiastically embraced a passion for spreading the gospel around the world through her many medical mission trips while living a life of service to God and to others – one day at a time.

Dr Connally’s pastor, Phil Christopher, said, “Everyday for her is a gift.” He recalled a letter in which she wrote, “Every tour, trip, effort, I wonder if this will be my last and ultimate? Only God knows. And this is enough. The psalmist wrote. “This is the day the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV) So often we focus on the disappointments of yesterday or the uncertainties of tomorrow and miss God’s matchless gift to us: Today! Dr Connally said of her journey with Christ, “As you live a life of  faith, you’re not looking for the results. I was just doing the things that God planted in my life and heart.” God made today. Let’s celebrate it and make the most of every opportunity to serve others in His Name – David McCasland.

PRAYER LINE: Lord, thank You for today. May I embrace it as Your gift, celebrate Your faithfulness, and live this day fully for You.

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Welcome each day as a gift from God (ODB)

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