Journey 10-28-13

Journey 10-28-13

“ Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Rev. 21:5

As I’ve been walking in a new beginning, a new life in a new place, I’ve been thinking about the act of beginning.  Specifically I’ve been thinking about the risk it requires and the way it can deepen faith, trust and hope.  As followers of Christ every day we wake up and find fresh mercy and grace for our journey — if only we will open our hands and our hearts to receive it.  He gives us our daily bread, fresh manna, just enough for today’s journey.

The “with God” life requires a constant state of new beginning.  We are faced with a continual stream of choices.  We must choose to trust in His grace each time we stumble, each time we fall. We must choose over and over again to humble ourselves, to walk with one another in love.  There is coming another beginning in a new heaven and a new earth.  But even here and now, today, Christ is resurrecting and re-creating.  He offers us new beginnings.  He is making all things new.  He is making us new.

Where in your life are you are being called to a new beginning?

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Here is a quote that I’ve been turning over in my head about the risks and rewards of new beginnings.

“A beginning is ultimately an invitation to open toward the gifts and growth that are stored up for us. … There can be no growth if we do not remain open and vulnerable to what is new and different.  I have never seen anyone take a risk for growth that was not rewarded a thousand times over. There is a certain innocence about beginning, with its excitement and promise of something new.  But this will emerge only through undertaking some voyage into the unknown.  And no one can foretell what the unknown might yield.  There are journeys we have begun that have brought us great inner riches and refinement; but we had to travel through dark valleys of difficulty and suffering.  Had we known at the beginning what the journey would demand of us, we might never have set out.  Yet the rewards and gifts became vital to who we are.” John O’Donohue