The New Day

Did you see it? Did it just overwhelm you with its glorious presence or quietly steal into your heart? Or tragically, did you just rise this morning and begin working and never look for it?

"What is it?" you say. It is the beginning of a new day! It is the rising of the sun upon a world that was battle weary the night before. It is the coming of the new possibility of conquest and celebration.

What if today was the day when a new and dynamic cure for cancer was discovered? Would you quickly arise and await the good news or would you simply drag out of bed?

Many of us would have a hard time answering these questions if not for Jesus Christ in our lives. He is the promise of today written upon our hearts and spirits. He is the One who comes victoriously every new day.

And He is the one who offers us to the world. Did you hear? He offers us to the world, and not the world to us. We are the continued promise of God that was made in the very beginning - the new creation of God and the descendants to fill this world with God's Good News. Come and rejoice this day and show the world how glorious it is to be caught in God's love.

Dr. Heartsill Wilson once wrote: "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it."

So many things have changed in our lives in the past few weeks that this writing is truly powerful for all of us. Even today soldiers gather in battlefields to truly labor to bring forth goodness in the face of evil.

What they trade this day for will touch them forever. We are all the same today - caught in the midst of God's love and that I would never ask to change.

Come Lord Jesus, bring this bright new day to us so we can bring the Son to the world to hear and see His glorious salvation. We ask this in the glory and power of our Heavenly Father. Amen.

May His grace and peace truly surround you.
© Rev. Jim Massey

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