God Makes All Things New
Happy new year! Many may be saying good riddance to 2020 and glad to see it end.
In some ways, it is kind of silly to think that all the days of going from March to December were tiresome and ordinary while somehow going from December 31st to January 1st is magically new and hopeful. Alfred Lord Tennyson (poet in 1800s) said, “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’”
New things can seem so full of potential – from something as simple as new clothes that put a smile on your face to a new school, new home or new job. New things can feel fresh, a new start as we leave the old behind.
We begin the new year of 2021 with a vaccine released 2 weeks ago. And it does feel so filled with hope and possibility and relief. While it will still take time to unfold, the end feels in sight. It is so much easier to persevere through a somewhat known amount of time. Our worst fears can get the best of us in an unknown period of time that feels unending. Holding on to hope in times of deep hardship is a challenge that demands spiritual muscles. This season has surely been a faith workout.
“Leaving the old, both worlds at once they view, That stand upon the threshold of the new.”
~ Edmund Waller (poet 1600s)
Friends, we stand at an in between point, looking back at what was and looking ahead to what might be. 2Corinthians 4:16-17 reminds us that God has been and is still at work in the world and us!
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye.”
Friends, let’s leave behind quarreling, offense, political partisanship, unforgiveness, and despair. Instead, choose love, kindness, forgiveness, caring for those in need, building up others, generosity, faith, peace, hope. God wants to do a new thing in you and us all. Our hope is in Jesus, our savior and rescuer. His life and light shine far greater than politics or a vaccine. There is so much more to come. Come Lord Jesus come! Grow our faith. Do a new thing in us.