Today’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  (NRSV)
Artwork by Drew Gilliam

Artwork by Drew Gilliam

As I ponder this passage, the following words come to mind: forgiveness, beginnings, endings, closing out the old, starting new, fresh, clean, excitement, reflection, blessings, thankful, resolutions, serving, love.

I interpret this passage to mean that if you have Christ in your heart, you have new opportunities for life, love, blessings, and new beginnings.  We can put the past behind us and start new each day. What a blessing!

I believe that this grace and love we are given by God is something that happens daily, not just at the start of the new year. I am very thankful for this daily gift to close out the old and pursue the new each day, living life to the fullest with God by my side.

Adds Parker Bradley:
To me, this verse means old times have passed, but we are in the present, so now is the time to act and share the love of Christ.