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Editorial Religious: New 12 months’s Day or a brand new day? | Religion

Submitted January 4, 2023

New 12 months’s Day, a marriage, the delivery of a child, the primary day of a brand new job or a brand new college yr, transferring into our first place of residence: What do these life occasions have in widespread?

Each signifies a brand new starting that may be pinpointed by a date circled on our calendar. With new beginnings, we entertain emotions of hope, pleasure, and anticipation for what lies forward. On the identical time, emotions of uncertainty might enter our ideas.

We might ask ourselves questions, resembling: Will I be capable to preserve my New 12 months’s decision? How will I meet my spouse’s and kids’s wants whereas juggling a profession? What if I can’t pay the mortgage and payments? Will I get good grades and make the dean’s record or the honour roll?

Whereas these life occasions conjure optimistic ideas, on the identical time we can’t at all times predict with certainty what lies forward.

We will be sure, nevertheless, of the One who by no means adjustments. “’I’m the Alpha and the Omega – the start and the top,’ says the Lord God. ‘I’m the one who’s, who at all times was, and who continues to be to come back – the Almighty One’” (Revelation 1:8 NLT).

The phrases that God revealed to the apostle John are meant for us as properly: God is who He says He’s; He’ll NEVER change! This assurance is our stable basis, our rock, that David referred to in Psalm 18:2. David states, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I discover safety. He’s my defend, the ability that saves me, and my place of security.”

With God as our rock, refuge, and energy, allow us to method new beginnings with confidence that He’s with us! “So be robust and brave! Do not be afraid and do not panic earlier than them. For the LORD your God will personally go forward of you. He’ll neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

The phrases that the Israelites heard way back are meant for us at the moment as properly. Reward God that we are able to stroll with confidence, understanding that He holds our hand and walks beside us. Isaiah 41:10 illustrates this: “Do not be afraid, for I’m with you. Do not be discouraged, for I’m your God. I’ll strengthen you and show you how to. I’ll maintain you up with my victorious proper hand.”

As God’s proper hand steadies us, we are able to method new beginnings with certainty that He goes with us. Typically, we should tighten our grip in God’s hand when new beginnings are unexpectedly compelled upon us on account of a life occasion that we couldn’t have anticipated, such because the sudden lack of a cherished one, a relationship, or a job. With out warning, our trajectory in life has modified radically to a unique route. How will we traverse an uncharted path whereas carrying the heaviness of grief on the identical time?

I’ve needed to personally seek for solutions to this query after struggling two sudden losses previously two years. Every time I’ve cried out to God for solutions, He has met me within the “wilderness” and has comforted me in my grief.

The phrases in Psalm 34:18 guarantee us that “the Lord is near the brokenhearted; He rescues these whose spirits are crushed.” Selecting to belief God to heal my damaged coronary heart and my crushed spirit has led me out of the wilderness and onto an excellent path of hope and restoration. It has been an intentional, every day choice to take the following step with God and permit Him to information my steps within the route He desires for my life.

God will maintain us as we make a every day choice to comply with Him. “The trustworthy love of the Lord by no means ends! His mercies of him by no means stop. Nice is His faithfulness of him; His mercies from him start afresh every morning” (Lamentations 3: 22-23). Reward God that He renews us every day with His steadfast love, grace, and mercy from him! Our hope will be present in Him; due to this fact, we don’t want to attend for New 12 months’s Day for a contemporary begin; day-after-day is a brand new starting with God.

You probably have been ready for New 12 months’s Day to make that decision, I pray that you just resolve to see day-after-day as a “new day” with God. His phrase assures us that: 1. God is who He says He’s, 2. He’s your rock, your refuge, and your energy, 3. He won’t ever go away you or forsake you, and 4. His steadfast love and mercies are new day-after-day. Might you embrace every day as a brand new starting and a renewed hope in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: the One who at all times was, is, and at all times can be.


Shelley L. Litz

Shelley Litz is the United Campus Ministry Coordinator for Penn Faculty.

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