So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV)
We have a tendency to fall in love with anything new. We forget there is a downside to some things. Take computers. There was a church secretary in Ohio who was preparing a funeral service for a woman named Edna. The previous funeral at the church was for a woman named Mary. So the secretary simply called the earlier worship form onto the computer screen and used the search and replace function to substitute "Edna" for "Mary." Imagine how disturbed the pastor was when he noticed that the Apostles' Creed, which the congregation recites during the funeral liturgy, included the line "...born of the Virgin Edna."

We like just about anything new--and that includes a new year. We have celebrated Christ's coming into our world and into our hearts. This new year also gives us the opportunity to start fresh and new. May this year be more full of our faithfulness in receiving and giving God's love in Jesus Christ.

Dear God, thank you for a new start. Help me to have a great year as I grow close to your love. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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