In Christ we become an entirely new creation! All that is old in us—the useless ideas, the faithless attitudes, the tightly held fears and destructive behaviors—will pass away as we give ourselves more fully to God. In their place will come gifts of the Spirit—new ways of understanding, believing, and acting that belong to the mind and heart of Jesus. All the Creator asks is that we be utterly honest before God, to open ourselves to grace, to abide in Christ our Redeemer, and to give ourselves in love as much as we can each day.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” The Upper Room Worshipbook
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