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At this beginning of another new year I am reminded how I delight in new beginnings.  From crisp clean sheets, to soft new stationery, to a clean page, to a new dress or just a new discovery.  A fresh start fills my heart with hope. 


At this beginning of another new year I am reminded how I delight in new beginnings.  From crisp clean sheets, to soft new stationery, to a clean page, to a new dress or just a new discovery.  A fresh start fills my heart with hope. 

2009 offers a potential new beginning to heal the heartaches of racial conflict as we inaugurate a new President.  Our first African-American President will place his hand onthe Lincoln’s bible, symbolically affirming the reality of the American Dream.   Failures in the past can be forgiven.  Changes in the present demonstrate to a watching world that as a country we are willing to begin again, to restore,and to change.  Whatever your political bent, we can unite in affirming this historic opportunity.

As Christians we worship a God of new beginnings, of new birth, new days, new opportunities. Lamentations 3:23 reminds us of God’s mercies new every morning and His great faithfulness.  Isaiah 43:19 mirrors God’s creativity as He promises a new thing for his people.  II Cor. 5:17 echoes the promise of becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus. Another promise of new, growing more attractive to me daily, is of a new body, especially as mine is wearing out. (I Cor. 15:54-55)

Last, but certainly not least important, Jesus provides cleansing from sin that gives us a new fresh start no matter how badly we have marred our lives. (I John 1) As we approach 2009 read Psalm 51, written from the broken heart of a liar, adulterer, and murderer. From it we gain confidence to bring our too present sin to Him for forgiveness, cleansing and a new beginning. Notice in verse 13 that the result of a new beginning is a desire to share God’s faithfulness with others. Fresh experiences of mercy prepare our hearts to be merciful to others as well.

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Gwynne Johnson

Gwynne Johnson currently serves on the Board of Entrust, Inc., an international education and training mission where she authored the Entrust curriculum, Developing a Discerning Heart. She recently served as Co-Chair of the training project, Christian Women in Partnership, Russia and as Senior Director of Women's Ministry at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas. Gwynne has a M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She currently lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband of 58 years, Don. She works part-time in her daughter and granddaughter's bakery "The Best Box Ever," where she gets paid in cookies.