Mondays is looked upon as the beginning of the work week. in this chatter I would like to point you to God of New Beginnings.

Our Scripture portion is Psalm 25:1-12. Our Verse for the week is James 4:6 "He gives us more grace. That is why Scripture  says: "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble."

The winner of a skating competition was asked the following question, "How did you learn to skate." The reply came, "By getting up every time I fell down."The Christian life is a series of new beginnings, of falling down and getting back up again. When we stumble, we often think, "I've fallen again, I might as well give up." But God is the God of new beginnings. He not only forgives our sins but He also uses our failures to make us  wiser.

Sometimes our pride can cause us to resist starting again. In Psalm 25, David showed a heart of humility by praying for forgiveness. He asked the Lord to forgive the sins of his youth, verse 7, and he rejoiced that  God teaches sinners, verse 8, guides and instructs the humble, verse 9, and teaches His ways to those who fear (stand in awe of) Him, verse 12.

John Newton (1725-1807), the composer of  "Amazing Grace,'  expressed a similar perspective: "Though I am not what I ought to be , nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be, I can truly say I am not what I once was...By the grace of God I am what I am.

"Do you feel like a failure? DO you need a new start? Go to the Lord in humility, and He'll show you that He's the God of new beginnings. Jeremiah writes in lamentations 3:22,23: "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Thy Faithfulness.

I think of the words of the song writer that says:Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,There is no shadow of turning with Thee;Thou changes not, Thy compassions they fail not,As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.Quote for the week:

Failure is never final for those who begin again with God.

In His Service,
David DeanMajor
Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
"This is the day the Lord has made."
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