A Constant Refrain

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “refrain.”

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There’s no denying that we live in a time of change and uncertainty.

Normality has been overtaken by this strange parallel existence of social distancing where conversations are no longer with people, but with faces on a screen.  It’s a world where disinfecting your grocery shopping and washing your hands 93 times a day have become normal.  A world with empty diaries and no plans for the future, because who knows what that future will hold?

Sometimes it gets me down.  On Sunday, I celebrate my birthday, but, honestly, I use the word “celebrate” very loosely as there’s not much I can actually do.

However, one thing I can do is look back, and I like how the writer of Psalm 136 does this.

He recounts the history of the Israelite people.  It’s a story full of ups and downs, triumph and tragedy, danger and rescue, but through it all there is one constant refrain:

“His faithful love endures forever.”

In all the changing circumstances that is the one thing that is always the same.

And as I look at my life, I can see it too – the highs and lows, the good and bad, but always the refrain of God’s unchanging faithfulness.

As we look to an uncertain future, it helps me to remember that is the one thing that is absolutely secure.

“His faithful love endures forever.”

If you’re looking for an interesting exercise to try, you could write your own version of Psalm 136, inserting parts of your personal story instead of the story of the Israelites.  Sometimes taking time to reflect on the big picture can help us see that constant refrain even in the midst of our present circumstances.

22 thoughts on “A Constant Refrain

  1. This is a time of feelings all over the place, isn’t it, Lesley? I hope you have a truly Happy Birthday, my friend, remembering “His faithful love endures forever!” It’s such a comfort that even when we can’t understand all these changes, He remains the same. May His love hold you and comfort you on your birthday and always! Love and blessings to you!

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  2. Times change. I don’t

    They say I am bad company;
    they don’t like the way I talk,
    and if you come and hang with me,
    you’ll come to walk the monsters’ walk.
    They say I’m a bad influence,
    something wicked on the wind,
    so write a letter, send it hence,
    and notify your next-of-kin.
    They say that I am vicious,
    and it’s fear that I evoke,
    but if you ask my missus,
    she will say I’m just a bloke
    who thinks that playing ‘toss the bobby’
    is quite the entertaining hobby.

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  3. I have really been trying to recognize all the ways God is being faithful to my family in this worrisome time. I am so blessed in the midst of this and yet I can often feel myself spiraling in my anxious thoughts. I’m going to cling to the reassuring verse you’ve shared here. Thank you Lesley! And…..Wishing you a very joy-filled birthday and year to come!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Lesley!
    I hope you have a nice day despite the lockdown.
    It’s our daughter’s 23rd birthday on the 20th of this month. We’re planning to do something special at a later date.
    🙌💟

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    1. Thanks, Lesley! I have had a lovely day. I hope your daughter does too when it comes. We will have a lot of catching up to do when we can get together again as so many people have missed their celebrations over the last couple of months!

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