A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: Our Wellness Ministry.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
Key Verse 17: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
Reflection: On the eve of a new year perhaps you are thinking about what could be different in the year to come. It’s a good time to assess what has past and make plans for the future. Maybe you make resolutions and keep them. (Good for you!) Maybe you make them and then don’t keep them. (There are many in this boat.) Maybe you know yourself well enough to not even make them, since you know you won’t keep them. (Honesty is often the best policy.) Whatever your own personal track record with New Year’s promises and resolutions, hear this: the good news is that God keeps God’s promises!
In this letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul boldly states the promise of God that for those who are in Christ, the old has passed, and a new creation is begun. The former things don’t count anymore: all those broken promises and resolutions, all our disappointments and mistakes. None of them matter. In Christ there is grace and mercy and a new beginning.
Those of us who have been forgiven and freed by the grace of God are entrusted with sharing the good news that results. We are “ambassadors for Christ.” We have an amazing message to proclaim to the world. Perhaps there is a resolution for the new year in that.
Prayer: Holy God, I have heard the good news of great joy for all the world. Help me embrace the new creation begun in me through the grace of Christ Jesus. Help me share his message of reconciliation with all whom I meet this day, and in the year to come. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].