DEVOTION: New Every Day

by Beth Bondurant
DEVOTION: New Every Day
New azalea blossoms are gorgeous on the landscape .... New moon illuminates the sky of night...  New birth occurs in astonishing vigor... New clothes signal a fresh start...New possibilities await with every breath...
"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
    O God, your resurrection of love renews us... refreshes us... gives us the hope we need to face life with potential all wrapped in the security of your love and grace.  We forget the gift of every new day when we continue to carry the burdens of yesterday.  We need your Spirit to burst forth like the Easter sun... and penetrate our heart, mind, body and soul... even when the clouds hide the radiance of the rays.  Forgive our doubt.  Forgive our short comings.  Forgive our lack of faith. Forgive our fear.  Forgive our impatience. Forgive our prejudice.  Forgive our selfishness. We want to be born anew.  We want to be able to share grace and forgiveness with those we love and those we don't even know.  We want to bring Shalom in and around us.  We want to be kind and good.  O God, in your amazing grace and love... we want to be NEW EVERY DAY.
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