God of New Beginnings
-Timothy Arliss O’Brien
Day 1 of 3: Casting Off Shame for a New Beginning
The activity of casting off our shame and choosing to love ourselves as God loves us is severely important. Loving yourself and those around you are at the core of God’s desire for us. It lays us in God’s palm and renews us. It draws others close and heals them. This renewal and care is imperative to blossoming our hearts to reflect God’s heart—a heart for justice, love, and mercy to fill the world overflowing.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
Isaiah 61:6-7 (NIV)
As we become for others the love of Jesus, God promises that same love to us every day, no matter our circumstances. The only way to miss out on the ever-flowing love of God is to not partake, for God’s love and God’s rest is for all.
God promises to love us and to continue to love us, no matter how we respond or act in this life.
Looking for God’s love in all of our interactions is actively looking for the mysterious miracles of God every day, in every moment. Challenge yourself to find God’s small miracles in the life you give to yourself and all those you interact with.