GOD HAS PROVIDED US GRACE FOR A NEW BEGINNING
THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING
WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES
MOMENTS OF REFLECTIONS THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING (PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES)
THE ENDING AND THE BEGINNING
The fullness of God’s grace is beyond our human appreciation, comprehension or full knowledge. The riches of His goodness cannot be expressed or described by mortal tongue. We can only attempt to describe it, and our best efforts will be a puny approximation. We can admire the beauty of His divine grace, but we cannot really explore its depths. At best we can only stand in awe at what we have seen and live in the expectance of what is yet to come. Through God’s grace we have survived the trials and tribulation of a year of ups and downs in many areas of our lives. We now stand at the end and await the beginning of the new.
The Endings and Beginnings are a part of who we are as well as the process we all go through in life. Jesus last day upon the cross was truly a lesson for all of us to learn concerning our own lives. When we pause and reflect upon the last day, we quickly realize so much has happened, struggle, decisions, choice and chance; yet we have so much to be thankful for, there are even moments we can look back on with pride and accomplishment. What to do with our learning experiences, stop and take stock (think); what have I accomplished that makes me proud, did I reach goals I set for myself this time last year?
What ever happened this year is behind us and those moments can never be reclaimed, they are endings.
This day and this moment is truly a brand new beginning, letting go of ways that are not beneficial such as anger, resentment, fears, allow those things to become part of our experiences we grow from and then release them. Let’s become more diligent in our prayer life, pray for joy, peace, directions and for everyone whether we know them or not. Let us make room in our hearts, our lives to fellowship and set side time for introspection with our higher power, the source, the light, the bread of life, remembering to follow the pattern Jesus gave so that we might live productive lives.
Endings and Beginnings: Our spiritual identity is our soul, our spirit and that never change.
Life takes us through changes that enhance our character and instills values in our lives developing our inner being and helping us to discover who we really are. We go through many changes in a life time before we find out who we really are and what we have to give. One thing is certain, we should always see ourselves as valuable even though others may not recognize and/or accept that fact.
No matter what role or purpose we’ve been assigned in this life; knowledge we gain through the process, keep it close to heart as Wisdom teachings. Proverbs remind us in this way: Collect my counsels and guard them with your life, tune your ears to the world of Wisdom. Set your heart on a life of Understanding, make insight your priority and don’t take no for an answer, before you know it Fear of God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-5). God gives out Wisdom free and is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He is a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well (6). He controls our Endings and Beginnings so why not learn to trust him with an obedient heart and attitude, which pleases Him.
This is the time of year to reflect on where we’ve been; a time to release those things (ways) that hinder our growth and the time to look forward to a new year encouraged with optimism, strength and courage. Learn from the Endings and embrace new Beginnings, make this year about renewal, commitment, caring and sharing. Grow in God’s Grace and Love.
Make it a Brand New Beginning!!
When we think about where we have been this past year and how we have managed to come through it all, we must confront this one truth, and that is simply this, “Our God is truly an awesome God. Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell Him what to do; anyone who has done Him such a huge favor that God has to ask His advice? Everything comes from Him, Everything happens through him; everything ends up in Him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes, Yes, Yes!” Romans 11:33-36.
Now as you make plans for this Brand New Beginning we encourage you to grow in God’s Grace, make this a happy, joyful, safe and prospers New Beginning. Click on this video clip sit back relax and allow the sounds of the water to minister to you as you reflect on your Brand New Beginning that lies ahead. May God bless you abundantly, in Jesus name, Amen!
May God’s grace and mercy abide in you throughout this Brand New Beginning, filling your life with pure joy and prosperity.