April Renewal

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10, NIV

It looks like Spring has finally come to our part of South Carolina!  I can remember strawberries and sunburns in February in years past, but this year has seemed to have an extended winter.  Trees have been bare and bushes devoid of flowers for so long and the late freezes caught many buds before they could bloom.   I’ll admit that I have contributed to the bareness:  we had some extensive work done on our house over the fall and winter and, in the course of events, grass was trampled to mud and bushes “trimmed” to bare stems of one foot or so.  With the heavy rains and the overnight frosts, I wasn’t certain I would have much to bring green to my yard. 

As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. – Hosea 6:3, NIV

Of course, events in other aspects of our worldly lives have seemed stormy and dreary for a very long time also.  Upheaval in our government and in other countries, crime, poverty, unhealthiness, and a general sense of bitterness and rage have consumed our attention and emotions for a long time.   For much of it all, I have felt helpless to effect any great change, and have chosen just to turn off the radio and mutter something like “Please make it stop.”

However, around the yard, I am finally seeing some new leaves and grass stems struggling out.  Birds of many kinds have been in abundance, and the early bloomers in the yard are showing their joy to be alive.  It looks now like the sun and its warmth will once again work its magic to renew life in our surroundings.  For believers, spring reminds us that this is all God’s plan.  In fact, Jesus promised to make everything new one day.  The recurring and eternals springs are only glimpses of coming attractions. 

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”  Rev 21:5

But God intends even for US to be renewed and made new.  Our spring should remind us that God is in control and keeps his promises. 

“And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within the And I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 11:19

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2Corinthians 5:17

We can use these last weeks of Lent to renew our hearts and to bloom as prayerful, evangelical women for God.  We can effect changes one prayer, one person at a time.  It is what we can do, what we ought to do. 

 

Elaine Sandberg

Worship Chair

Prayers 

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Please pray for:

Cai Armstrong for health

Lynn Christian to be surrounded by love

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