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A Verse for Meditation

Torah ScrollIf anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  2 Corinthians 5:17 

  • What does it mean to be “in Christ?”
  • What is the “new creation” that is a consequence of being  “in Christ?”
  • Do you remember the old things that went away when you met Christ?
  • Do you take new problems to Christ when the old things pop up in your path?
  • What new thing is in your life because of Christ?

Happy New Year!

 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

Everybody likes a fresh start. Christ promises us a fresh start when we come to him and receive full forgiveness. The guilt is gone. The failures are behind us. This is the time for new beginnings with new hope.

What new thing is Christ calling you to do today? He won’t call you to win a war. He will only call you to get one thing done, to take one step, to change one thought, to forgive one person, to ask forgiveness of one person. One step. The new you wants to go wherever Christ is leading. One step forward today. Worry about the next one tomorrow.  

You are a new creation in Christ. Where is the new you headed next?

A Hymn for Meditation

how can i keep from singing?
how can i keep from singing? (Photo credit: ehoyer)

My Life Flows On 

My life flows on in endless song.
Above earth’s lamentation
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.

Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,

how can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.

It finds an echo in my soul.

How can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!

All things are mine since I am his!

How can I keep from singing?

                    Robert Lowry

Questions for thought and prayer:

  • My grandmother always sang through her days, even though she was poor and had to work very hard. What does this hymnwriter think inspires singing through hard times?
  • The daily news is full of “tumult and strife.” Do you hear a musical echo in your soul through the noise of political rhetoric and economic collapse? If yes, where does it come from? If no, do you know where to fine one? 
  • How do you think the writer of this hymn would respond to an invitation to camp out with the “Occupy” movement on the Capital Mall? 
  • What is the “new creation” the hymnwriter believes is the inspiration for the song in his heart? Why exactly can he not stop singing?

© 2012 Katherine Harms