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Fresh starts


   

Thursday Reflection

   

18th February 2021


...what we are going to...


22 The steadfast love of the Lord
   never ceases;
   his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.

.....Lamentations 3:22-23. ESV


Lent has come round once more.
A time to reflect on our lives;
to work out what we are going
to give up or take up;
how things are going to change
after this last year of
uncertainty and upheaval
that we've all struggled through.

It was at the beginning of Lent
last year that I started these
reflections never expecting
for them to still be going
nearly a year later.

I have been reflecting on
what I shall do this Lent.
Was I going to give up
or take up?

Probably a mixture of both!
Over the last year I have put on
a lot of the weight I'd lost
over the previous 18 months,
so 'giving up' certain foods
and drink certainly sounded
like a good idea;
perhaps less television
in the evenings and more
Christian reading;
being kinder and more helpful
to others;
also, it couldn't hurt to bolster
myself with a little more
thankfulness,
patience and a lot more prayer!

Before long my grand list of
to-dos was not feeling so good
and I felt overburdened;
would I really manage
to keep to all these?

Then a forgotten thought came
into my overloaded brain.


'His mercies are new
every morning'


Words of hope to cling to!
Words which were first proclaimed
to God's people when they were
desperately in need of encouragement.
They had gone astray in a big way -
cutting out a lot of good
and adding a lot of bad;
and they were reaping the
heart-breaking consequences.

But even then,
the Lord's compassion
was ever present -
he offered his mercy.

Why?

Because they were his people;
they belonged to him -
just as we belong to him.

We don't need to wait for
the start of Lent,
a new season or even
a new week to pursue a
fresh start.

And we definitely don't need
to give up in shame when
our fresh start needs
another restart...
and another
and even
seven more for good measure.

We belong to the Lord.
He is our fresh start
every morning and his
mercies are never ending.

When we belong to the Lord,
we are given the grace-filled
privilege to seek his mercy
at any time (Hebrews 4:16).

There are no strings attached;
our heavenly Father simply
invites us to begin again -
with him.

With him we are not alone;
with him our strength is renewed;
with him our re-starts are redeemed.
v Whether we find ourselves needing
to add in more of the good stuff -
humility, gratefulness,
tolerance, forgiveness;
or cut out the bed -
addiction, shame, guilt,
greed, envy, bitterness;
with God we can feel
hopeful because our gracious
and merciful Lord
is sovereign over it all.


16 Let us then with confidence
draw near to the throne of grace,
that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help
in time of need.

.....Hebrews 4:16




It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'I Am Loved '
(Official Lyric Video)
sung by Mack Brock
via the link shown below.


Blessings

Maureen