“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“The Land of Beginning Again”

(Please read 2 Corinthians 5:17)

April 11

In a poem by Louisa Fletcher with this title, the poet longs for such a place, “Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches/And all of our poor selfish grief/Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door/And never put on again.”

In the literal sense no such place exists. Time cannot be turned back; when a minute is gone, it is gone forever. And, strictly speaking, what is done cannot always be undone. But in some very important ways we are permitted to erase our mistakes and begin again.

After a failure of some kind, people often bounce back to be successful in the same or other fields. Harry Truman, for example, failed as a storekeeper but became President. And his predecessor in office, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had come back after being stricken with a serious disease.

These examples are encouraging, but far more important is the good news that the Lord has provided a new beginning for every person who wishes to become a servant of righteousness. In God’s plan, old sins are forgotten, and twice-born persons have broken with the past and found peace in the present.

Aren’t you glad of the great opportunities and sweet hope granted to those who courageously “begin again?” Then give thanks to the Father for new life in Christ, and be a living example for others who long for a new beginning.

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