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Day by Day

on March 15, 2022

Music. I’m so thankful for music. Without warning, songs make their way in my brain and just like that I’m wandering down a path of remembrance.

The song that popped into my head as I sat down to write was the title of the blog. Day by day. It was a song released in May of 1972. I can’t even tell you the last time I thought of this song. But, here it is.

I’m also thankful for Google. How cool that in this day and age we can type a few words in a search engine and have the information pop up at our fingertips? If you didn’t have to wait for the library to open, so you could rummage through the card catalog to find the information you needed; you’re blessed!

I needed Google so I could find the rest of the words that went with the parts of the song that I knew. They’re aren’t a lot of lyrics to this song. It’s a song from a Broadway play called Godspell. The lyrics are simple:

“Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day”

That’s it. For about 3.5 minutes those words are repeated over and over. Only the tempo of the music changes.

Simplicity is not given enough credit. Over thinking, over complicating, and over emphasizing seems more the flavor of the day.

How often have you heard someone say “I wish things were simpler”? Or, “Back in the day, things were so much easier”.

We forget that “back in the day” they also had their troubles. No doubt they too wished for simpler days. There isn’t a single generation that didn’t come with their own issues.

Things have progressed with each generation and we still aren’t happy. We’re still not filled. We’re still found wanting. We’re still looking for the thing that will make us rich, powerful, rich, famous, rich, and satisfied.

It’s no different than when I was growing up and thought all my blonde friends had what I needed or wanted. Or how I thought having the body style and size of someone else would magically make me feel more worthy and wanted. Or wanting to be just like somebody other than myself.

At what point do we ever say, enough? I have enough. I don’t need any more. I’m thankful for all I have. If you’ve gotten to that point, please let me know you’re secret.

When the Israelites were wandering around in the desert God provided their daily manna. If they took too much, it spoiled. They were instructed on how much to take for their day to day.

When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He said, “give us this day our DAILY bread”. (Emphasis added).

That didn’t stop them from wanting. Like I said, each generation had their issues. Question is, are we learning yet? Or are we repeating the past just in different ways? I’m gonna just leave that there for you to ponder on. You’re welcome!

Back to the song, and yes, I’m totally singing it as I type it. It’s how I roll.

“Day by day
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day”

Lord, let me see you more clearly. To know your heart.

Lord, let me love you more dearly. Because of who you are.

Lord, let me follow you more nearly. Because you’re the only example of what true love is.

Those 3 things are on a whole other level of wanting. It’s a running after the Father’s heart. Maybe, just maybe, if we did these 3 things daily, there’d finally be true peace on earth; good will toward men. And we could truly love one another as our Heavenly Father instructed us to do.

Peace to you my friends.

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