“A precious and unrepeatable gift.” When I first read this commentary on each new day it struck home with me in a way that I had never before experienced.

Yes, I agree with the psalmist when he wrote, “This is a day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And I hope that to a sufficient extent my daily countenance reflects the joy and gladness that he proposes.

But when I seriously consider the precious and unique quality of each day my joy and gratitude increase greatly.

You may have never faced this challenge, that of seeing each new day in this way. If so, you are indeed blessed. But in recent months, due to COVID, countless people have been reminded of the truth contained in these words.

Each day is a “precious” gift as is life itself, a gift from God who spoke all life into existence. Lives have been shortened by the pandemic. The number of their days has decreased. Hearts have been broken and will continue to break as loving relationships have been altered due to this dreaded disease. The preciousness of each day has been elevated in our understanding, as has its unrepeatability.

There is a line from the song “We Have This Moment” that reads, “Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come.” I’ve known this for many years. As much as I might like to repeat some of the many good experiences I’ve had in past days, such is impossible. I may revisit special locations. I may talk again with friends, some of whom I’ve known for many years. But each visit, each conversation is different, unique, unrepeatable, because I am different, as is my understanding and appreciation for the preciousness and uniqueness of each day.

As we find ourselves still in the early days of this new year, I hope we are able to live throughout our remaining days — whether many or few — in a way that demonstrates that each new day is a precious and unrepeatable gift from God. And as we do, we might, by God’s grace, discover that we are precious and unrepeatable gifts too.