"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Filling in the Blank

By Micky Wolf
It’s a new day.

How many times have you heard that—or make a point of reminding yourself of that truth—as  you roll out of bed to begin again?

The Bible contains 150 plus references to the idea of new, renewal, and being renewed. One of the most oft quoted verses has to be “His graces are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) An interesting note—those verses appear in a chapter titled ‘the voice of a suffering individual.’

Maybe it’s because the fullness of spring is bursting forth around us that I feel so inspired to encourage you (and myself in the process) with the whole idea of beginning your day with a renewed sense of hope.

The page of your life this day is blank.

Yet it will likely be filled by the time your head hits the pillow…

A scribble of joy and peace. Embraces given to and received from a friend? The satisfaction of completing a task?

A stain or smudge, or several. Tears spilling over with the death of a loved one? Learning of a life-threatening diagnosis?

A dark streak of ink, maybe a splash of red. The consequences of another’s frustration or anger? Of being misunderstood or judged?

An edge, ragged and jagged. A poor choice on your part? An unloving or sinful action you would like to recall?

A doodle. A stick figure you touch lightly, the work of a child, maybe even the child within?

A dent or crease in the middle of the page. Something another said or did that will leave a meaningful ache and impression which will last for days, maybe years to come?

Here’s what you need to do:

Glance at the now filled white space before you close your eyes. Savor the good, learn from the hurt, surrender the pain, and gently let go of the rest.

Don’t tear up the page. Don’t toss it aside as wasted or unimportant.

Give it to God. He holds all in sacred trust.

He knows intimately and personally what each of us need and how to restore and transform each moment of our life, each page we have been given.

It’s a new day. The page of your life is blank.

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

What fills your page today?


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