A Fresh Start

September 22, 2005

Psalm 5:3 – In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart]. (AMP)

I so appreciate a fresh jar of peanut butter. A twist of the lid, a peeling back of foil, and there it lies: smooth, level, crumb-free, waiting for the dip of a knife and a slathering on toast.

In a day or two, it won't be so appealing. Family breakfast use will leave its mark. Bits and pieces of various breads will linger. There may even be a fingerprint or two. Then once again, I begin to long for a clean, new jar. The junk gets in the way of my enjoyment of the food, and I yearn for a new beginning.

God likes new beginnings. He yearns to take our yesterday crumbs of pent-up anger, fear, and disobedience, and help us make a fresh start. When we come to Him in repentant prayer, He is oh so ready — and so willing — to make our paths smooth once again. Every day with God can be like fresh peanut butter!

Prayer: Lord, we have been careless in our walk with You. Our failures, like toast crumbs, lie between us. Take them, Lord, and give us Yourself instead. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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