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February 2017

The whirl of Christmas celebrations are over, the days are still short and at the moment the weather is hardly invigorating! And yet Spring is not far away.

How wonderful new beginnings are, whether the beginning of a new year, the fresh green growth appearing in spring or whether it’s a happy new phase of life such as a wedding or a birth, or recovering after a period of illness, or turning a corner after a time of suffering.

What we may not realise is that new beginnings, fresh starts, new phases in the journey of life are very much of God and a clear biblical principle.
For instance, when we first turn to Christ as our Lord and Saviour the Bible tells us “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” epitomised of course by our being washed clean in the waters of baptism. (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

New beginnings are often a time of great hope. We often draw the line under what has gone before and strive to do better in the future. Now is a good time to look forward, to start again, put old hindrances behind us or start on a new path. Again, the Bible speaks beautifully on this: “The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.” (Song of Songs 2:11-12).

It is not only us that draws a line under things in order to go forward in a different way. God himself spoke the words “Never again……” 25 times in the Bible in different situations. Not that his justice and integrity were to be laid aside, but that he would pay the price himself so that people would go forward in their lives free from what hinders them.

But it doesn’t end there: God’s redemption is just the start of a new part of life being opened up to us. “See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Luke 43:19) God wants to lead us on paths that he has prepared for us.

As we start these new journeys, let us remember the words of God and resolve to walk with him all the days of our life and just see where he leads us. His promise to us is “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

May God bless you wherever he leads you.