Are you a fan of new beginnings? Do you enjoy the start of a new day, a new week, a new month, or even a new year? Do you see these as "new beginnings" or simply "continuations"?
Throughout scriptures, you find the phrase "beginning" in a variety of contexts. From the first lines of Genesis 1:1 & John 1:1 where we hear "In the beginning", to the Luke's gospel where we have the phrases "from the beginning" and "since the beginning" (see Luke 1:3 & 11:50 NIV). It is in these "beginnings" that various events started. Creation, ministry, and other events. Moving through scriptures we see certain events build upon each other. While there might be new "starting points", it really is a continuation of a bigger event.
Such is the case with our lives -- both on a mere human level and also on a spiritual level. We may want to completely erase our past events; and in a way they are erased as we cannot go back to them. However, with each new day, it is merely a continuation of the larger event called life. The good news is that "At the beginning", we can choose once again a new trajectory. If there were some rough spots previously, we can make the necessary adjustments.
God provides us with 24 hours to take in as much as we can regarding life. We have 24 hours to be God's disciple, steward, and servant. We also are called to be God's children. While the first roles are significant, it is in the final role where we are offered a great gift. This gift is grace, forgiveness, and love. No matter what happens throughout our days, the good news is that God still loves us -- unconditionally and completely. Each day brings God's mercy to us. Each day is set aside solely for that time frame.
I enjoy the start of new things as it is an opportunity to begin fresh. I need to embrace, though, that each day is that fresh start. I would encourage you to do the same. While we are starting a new year, each day is just as important to start first with receiving God's gift of grace. In receiving this gift, and trusting in God's promises, the events of each day will be put in that light -- a light that breaks darkness.
We can't take back that which has been completed. We can, though, start "At the beginning" with this day.
Pastor Arlyn ><>