New Year, New Voice


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
and next year’s words await another voice.”
-T S Eliot
He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners. God sent me to announce the year of his grace. But year after year you’re as good as new. Your servants’ children will have a good place to live and their children will… be at home with you. God says, “Pay close attention now: I’m creating new heavens and a new earth. All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain are things of the past, to be forgotten. Look ahead with joy.” So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
-Isaiah 61: 2-3, Isaiah 65: 17,
Psalm 102: 28, Colossians 3:12-14
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