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Ecce nova facio omnia
Behold, I make all things new.
The start of a New Year brings hope, no matter how bleak the world may sometimes look. It is a reminder that new beginnings is the story of all things, for new beginnings is the way of God who has made all things. The year begins anew, and in the Spring, new life will come, and the cycle of fresh starts will continue, as it ever has done since first the world began, as it ever will do, until at last the world will end, and the last new start of eternity will usher us all into God’s eternal Now.
It is a great comfort in a life full of pain and regret to know the truth of these things, to cling to the truth of these things. God is the New-Maker, the Restorer, the Redeemer of lost and broken things, of lost and broken people. He does what we cannot do, what we cannot imagine, what we cannot believe.
For myself, I very much look forward to the day when God will make me new, to the day when all the things wrong with me are washed away, when the things broken inside of me are fixed and set to rights, when the image of God in me is no longer marred by my own selfish, sinfulness. Not only will there be no more tears, but there will be no more sin – no pride, no selfishness, no anger, no bitterness, no self-righteousness, no lust, no greed, no envy, no gluttony, no hatred, no resentment and so on and so forth – all will be gone. All will be removed and remembered no more.
And while that day is ‘Not Yet,’ I know we are practicing and preparing for eternity here. I know I don’t have to wait until that day for real change to happen, even if I have to wait until then for change to be complete. So I don’t live in the past – in a world of things I cannot change – and I don’t live entirely in the future, in a world I cannot yet see, but I live in the present, hopefully learning from my past with an eye to the promise and sure hope of the future.
So rise and greet the New Year, and remember, no matter what lies behind, no matter what size the load you carry, no matter how heavy the burden, that God is in the business of making all things new.
Comment from: Matt Mitchell [Visitor] · http://matt-mitchell.blogspot.com
Permalink 12/31/12 @ 23:51
Hi L B
It's your cousin Lynne in Australia here. Don't know about US but suspect it is similar to here - many people are fearful of the future. With the economy, wars and rumours of wars, unemployment, education systems etc etc going rapidly downstream people are panic-ing about how they will survive.
It's so comforting for those of us who are Christians to know that the Lord has everything in control - well, at least we can be assured that He will supply all our needs (not necessarily our wants) and that He will walk through troubled times with us. I am not fearful at all. I have my Father God walking beside me and I can jump into His arms whenever I am afraid! I have a big brother - Jesus who is willing to die for me (He has already proved it!) so He will protect me wherever I go. WOW! What more do I want?
Permalink 01/01/13 @ 06:34
Amen, we all look forward to that time even as we begin preparation here on Earth.
Happy New Year, God Bless!
Permalink 01/01/13 @ 22:46
Hey LB, all I can say to that is AMEN! Thanks be to God that He will make all things new and is doing a new work in me, as well.
Permalink 02/07/13 @ 00:01
Comment from: Laure Covert [Visitor] · http://www.pineneedlesandpapertrails.com
Just saw news of your more recent novels! YAY! I am a Binding of the Blade fan and am happy to report that this series has become well-known to the homeschool community in my state (PA)! PS I am a Wheaton grad, too.
Permalink 02/18/13 @ 15:13
Comment from: L.B. Graham [Member] · http://www.lbgraham.com
Good, I'm glad you're now aware of my more recent projects. My new fantasy series should be launched in June. It was scheduled for earlier but has been pushed back.
Christo et regno ejus!
Permalink 02/19/13 @ 11:43
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