When You Have To Start Over

Saturday, March 6, 2021
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2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. (NRSV)

Joshua 1:9 – I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (NRSV)

It was a long month and more for me — and probably longer for those around me!

A sudden fall on my 39th wedding anniversary changed my life. (Sorry Jeanne — it wasn't the day that we had planned!) I think that I adapted rather well to the immediate changes imposed by breaking a few bones in my wrist. It was a challenge to put on pants and do more private things. Sermons took much longer to prepare, but they were probably a bit shorter and more concise —which might have pleased more than a few!

Then out of nowhere, the doctor said that it would be best to start over. It's not the kind of news that you want to hear when you think you're on the right track toward a healthier future, but it must be done. So, two weeks after the accident, I walked out of the pulpit and into a johnnie shirt and onto a surgical table (all within an hour!) to start over.

That's the parable for today. It's not easy to start over, even when it is for the health of the body. We do not always know what the outcome will be, but when we trust God, we are assured that we remain in God's care and keeping. The Lord tells us through the prophet Jeremiah, "I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for." (Jeremiah 29:11 GNT)

"A sunrise is God's way of saying, 'Let's start again.'" – Todd Stocker

Pray with me:

Prayer: God, give me the courage to start over this day. Give me the assurance that You will be with me whatever comes my way. Give me the strength to do whatever needs to be done this day to be doing Your will. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen to your prayer.

    Thanks for the good word, Kenn.


    Thank you, Ken. Every sunrise is a promise!! I’ve celebratied 80 years of sunrises.

    Sorry to hear about your accident, Kenn. May God bless you with a speedy recovery!

    Thanks for your great devotion. You always have a great one and I enjoy reading them. Thanks again.

    I enjoy your writings, Pastor Stright.
    I hope you’re recovering well by now. I know what it’s like to break a wrist!!

    Dear Kenn
    So very sorry to learn of your mishap. Had one myself on the back deck in August. Painful and embarrassing but no harm done. Kindest regards to you and Jeanne.

    Thank you for that. I have a few stories of my own about that and today, I am starting again as well. Yes. timely message for me! And thanks to the one who put it for today! He listens to what the Spirit says!

    Good morning Ken,
    It seems like there times when we need to stop, and then start all over again. Thank you for your good words this morning.

    Your thoughts were perfect for me today. My husband and I are in our 80’s and live active lives, but it does seem that each day we must start over!!!
    Thank you.

    Oh Ken, how I can relate to this devotional! I fell recently dislocating my shoulder. As you well know, having limited mobility makes us more empathetic to the plight of others encouraging us to reach out in prayer. Praying you’ve now been fully healed. Blessings.

    Good morning Kenn,
    Thanks for your devotional today. I can relate with you in recovery of broken bones as I was immobilized for months and my daily mantra was Philippians 4:13. We certainly have great reassurance when we remain strong in our faith and thank the Lord for His everlasting care of us.
    Blessings for writing.

    Hello Kenn
    Thank you for this devotional today. Yes, it is hard, or we see it as hard to start over again, or deal with new changes but God does not see it as hard.
    We are doing some real changes here also; health reasons and I am amazed at how well my husband is doing with everything the dr. wants him to change. Praise God because it is only Him that is working in Matthew.
    I am curious though, how did you make out after surgery? Your personal story was interesting.
    Thanks and God bless.

    So right on, Ken. Blessings on your wrist. I was reading your encouraging words just as the computer ate a carefully-worded essay over which I had laboured several days – and would NOT spit it back out. Leaving me to start again from the very beginning! I decided that God was in it and that no doubt those old words needed editing, and this was God’s way of doing so. Which means now I am reassembling the facts AND the data AND the inspiration and trying to make enough copies so that losing one is not the total disaster this was (IF it was, and not an about face for reasons which I am unaware as I write forward…). There IS something special about your devotionals that always speak to me.

    Sorry about the injury and about the anniversary plans going askew.
    Glad the procedure worked.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Seems many readings recently have been.. do not be afraid.. you are not alone… God will take care of you… in our weakness His strength will prevail.
    They all hit very close to home.
    Covid is taking its toll in my seclusion.
    Too much time alone.
    Too many memories.
    Far too many uncontrollable tears.
    My heart and head cling to His promises, but I just can’t seem to rise above the loneliness.
    I appreciate your posts and encouragement.

    This is a very tough situation to be in.
    Your message is very relevant for today as so many, due to the pandemic, are mow facing the challenge to start over.
    Your insights will help us all.

    Hope things are looking up for you as you start over.

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