Mary Beth Frederick - April 11, 2019

I am about to do a new thing;
                                          now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

                                                            Isaiah 43:19



One week before Holy Week and I have hit rock bottom.  Cream sneaked its way back into my coffee about week two. A  4 a.m. wake up call and the rest was history.  My fifteen minutes of silent contemplation lasted a bit longer. Two weeks on the road in other peoples homes with dogs, relatives and  children as my near constant companions that fifteen  minutes was hard to find and I too quickly gave up looking. When I was younger my Lenten practices required heavier lifting and I rose to the challenge. No Caffeine. No potatoes ( hey, I'm Irish and German!). Daily bible study guides. Weekly Wednesday night services without a miss. Am I old, lazy or have I drunk the water of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer coined “cheap grace”?  That is to say, “Hey it's OK, God will forgive me so no big deal. “


Today's verse from Isaiah speaks hope and renewal to me.  God says, “ I am about to do a new thing...”  It's true that God does not care about the coffee or potatoes.  God, however does care about the Spirit within and how that Spirit manifests itself in his kingdom. How do my actions reflect the depth and width of the love He has bestowed on me?  Today, like every other day, by God's grace I have the opportunity to perceive and be a part of that “ new thing”.  I can be a little different, more Christlike, than the day before.  So today will I be a “new thing”?   I'll have to finish my coffee first.