New Things in the New Year

His compassion is new every morning. That’s good. The Lord is offering us other new things that we can think about now, in this new year. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees.” Ezekiel 36:26-27

New life: “…just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  Romans 6:5 

“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”  Hebrews 9: 15

A new home: “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  John 14:2-3

Everything new: “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:4-5

The Lord, your God, who loves you beyond all measure, promises you a new heart in exchange for your broken one, so that you can live a new life within a new covenant relationship with Him. And while you’re getting used to that new relationship with Him, He is preparing a new home for you in a new place where everything that hurts you now no longer exists. No Pain. Neither illness nor death. No more tears. None of this grief.

In this year, as it progresses think about it being movement toward that new life. Rather than taking you farther away from your child in this life, time is taking you closer to Jesus, and your child who is with Him and that new life in Christ.