It’s Five Minute Friday! As usual, I need some time to think before I start writing. It took a while for a breakthrough, 😉 but then it happened in the middle of my errands. Now that things are settled, I shall start!
Daybreak–my favorite time of the day. It’s the time of new beginnings and fresh starts. No matter what happened the day before, the start of a new day is the start of new things. The previous night’s storm is over. The sun breaks through the remaining clouds.
Hope is here. Hope that today will be better than yesterday. Hope that I will make better choices today than I did yesterday … that I’ll be a more loving wife, a kinder mom, a more faithful friend.
Forgiveness is here. God has forgiven all of my sins: past, present, and future. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that–deep down inside. But it’s true. The gift of a new day is a tangible way to feel fresh when stale sin seems to stick around.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV).
Hope and Forgiveness, because …
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us/” (Luke 22:66-67 NIV)
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:33-34 NIV)
… and THEN!
Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16:2-7 NIV)
Because Christ gave His life, we can start fresh every day.