A recent sunrise is representative of new beginnings, as is the new year.

I love the thought of new beginnings. I love the possibilities that come with starting over.

How many times in life have we done things or said things we ultimately regret? I can’t count the times I have wanted to take back something I said to someone or something I did in life. I think about how different things might have been with just one more chance.

I remember as a child my mother would give coloring books to my sister and me. In our carefree exuberance wielding the Crayola crayons we often made a mess of the pictures we thought were our best works of art. But our final pictures were often finished with bad color choices and too many scribbles outside of the picture lines. But as we finished our works of art and submitted them for her review, she politely admired our work and without discouragement insisted we turn the page and try again.

We were always given a second chance. A new beginning. There were no wrong ways to express our talents but just better ways that would certainly come to light with just one more chance. She would turn the page and offer her suggestions and voilà! We were starting all over again with a clean new picture and a second chance, with all things possible.

I am so thankful that our loving Father in heaven is a God of second chances. I know this to be true. He is the author of new beginnings and our hope for all things possible. We see it in every aspect of His wonderful creation.

Did you know that every time you see a sunrise, someone sees a sunset? Someone sees a new day beginning as, simultaneously, someone else sees their day come to a close. This repetitive miracle happens every minute of every day to someone somewhere all around the world.

God is so kind and understanding He urges us to focus on the day that is at hand. He tells us in advance that the day to come will have worries of its own (Matthew 6:34). He created the world and our life for living one day at a time. What we find or lose today we will have the possibilities of retrieving tomorrow. When we fall short in sin today, He gives us hope and a second chance through Christ on the morrow. What a wonderful gift from God. He is the author of new beginnings and hope through salvation for our future.

God has given us a life full of second chances and new beginnings. He knows that we are humans of flesh full of shortcomings. He knows the world of sin in which we live. He knows we need a new and fresh beginning in our souls to overcome the fatal effects of sin. For the ultimate new beginning in life we need a Savior. His name is Jesus. 2019 has ended. Are you ready for a fresh and new beginning and a second chance at life? Imagine a new beginning with God. You could be forgiven from all of your sin with all things new and possible.

Splash the colors of your heart and soul into the hands of God and let Him put you back within the lines of His care and love. He has a full and beautiful picture of your future that He has always planned and seen for you (Jeremiah 29:11-13). Let God turn the page and share it with you. Receive His gift of salvation. Jesus is our new beginning and I thank God for new beginnings.

May God bless you richly and often.

The Rev. Dalton Lilly is with Narrow Road Ministries in Chancellorsville.

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