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Sunday, December 20, 2020

making all things new

Opening Prayer: Thank you, O God, that you are making all things new; not just new in time, but new in quality.  That is what I most deeply long for.  Come, Lord Jesus!  Amne.

Scripture: Revelation 21:5

Journal: What does it mean that God is making all things new?  What does it mean that God is making you new?  Where and how do you sense that happening?

Reflection: When God talks about “making all things new,” he is not necessarily talking about new in time (neos), although that may very well be true, but he is talking about making them new in quality (kainos).  That’s why he says, “I am making all things new,” rather than, “I am making all new things.”  It is a subtle, but significant difference.  And one that we would do well to pay attention to. 

For if we take “the old is gone and the new (kainos) has come” (2 Cor. 5:17) in the quantitative (neos) sense, we will have the wrong idea about what is really happening.  But if we take it in the qualitative (kainos) sense, we are much more likely to be able to see what God is really up to.  God is making us qualitatively different; not from the outside in, but from the inside out.  And I, for one, am so grateful.


Closing Prayer:  Make me new, O God.  Make me all that you dreamt me to be.  Amen.

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