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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Today’s Scripture ReadingIsaiah 43:16–21

Reflection
At some point or another, we all feel haunted by our past. Whether we spoke an unkind word to a family member or friend, committed a selfish act that caused another pain, refused to confront injustices when we witnessed them, or simply moved after God commanded us to be still, we all have former things that fill us with guilt and shame. Sadly, we often allow our past to hinder us from being in the presence of God and receiving God’s blessings.

This passage from Isaiah reminds us that the darkness of our past will never separate us from God’s unconditional love. We must remember to trust God. Behold, all things are new, and the past has departed with the shadow of yesterday. God is calling each of us to a season of restoration. In this season, God’s promise is to make us whole again. Though thorns of our past may leave their marks, God’s grace is sufficient.

We are God’s chosen people made in God’s image. When God asks, “Do you not perceive it?” it is a question of faith. A question that illuminates our spiritual sight to know that God will guide us on this Christian pilgrimage and that the place God leads us to will be better than any request we asked of God. As you walk into this new year, do so with joy and expectation that God is about to do a miracle!

Prayer
“If anyone be in Christ, they are a new creature.” God, as we step into this new year, transform us into better Christians, parents, children, partners, and friends. Allow us to embrace what is to come, knowing it will be better than before. Give us new insight as we stand on your promise of restoration, trusting you all the way. Amen.

Written by Jasclyn Coney, Youth Discipleship Coordinator


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