The Day the Walls Came Down

They lived in the valley of walls. This had once been a beautiful valley full of vibrant flowers and rich green pastures. Long ago, the air had been filled with shouts of joy and sounds of celebration. The valley had once been a place of refuge until one day the people who lived in this land began to build walls around themselves. Brick by brick, they began to close themselves in and fortify their space. They thought they were protecting themselves although they had nothing to fear. Some days they worked alone building their walls and some days they helped each other. Some days they woke up to find that bricks had been added to their walls by others without their permission. What once had been a beautiful, open valley was now a sea of brick and mortar dwellings as far as the eyes could see and the air was heavy and dark and eerily silent.

But this would not be the end of the story…

The land would soon be redeemed…

The walls would soon be torn down…

The Exchange

One day the girl walked out the door weighed down with every suitcase and bag she could carry. She had been invited to give her things away to a man who would take the items that no longer fit or just didn’t match the life she longed to live if only she would take him the stuff. She needed to make space for new things and hadn’t been successful at ridding herself of these things on her own so she accepted the invitation.

When she arrived at the destination she was weak and tired. The journey had been long and her bags heavy. She had considered turning back several times but knew she had gone too far to go back without making the exchange. Something deep inside told her this journey would be different. This journey would be the one her heart had longed for. This journey would be the one that lightened her load and set her on a new path.

As she walked up to the door she took a deep breath and began to cry as the man who wanted her stuff flung open the door and with compassion in his eyes welcomed her inside.

New Year…New Life…New Hope

Happy New Year!

I wonder how many times that was said when the clock struck 12:00am? I wonder what all became new at 12:00am other than the number on the calendar that moved from 2014 to 2015. I wonder how many babies were born at or just after midnight around the world. I wonder how many dreams were born.

I’ve seen people’s dreams and goals and resolutions for the New Year posted on Facebook. I’ve seen hope expressed for a better year than the one they just lived thru. I’ve seen hope for another good year. I’ve seen plans to fulfill lifelong dreams and plans to begin to dream.

And as the New Year begins…I’ve seen people celebrating and people grieving. I’ve seen people expressing joy and people expressing despair. I’ve seen the same things I saw yesterday.

Is new really just a number on the clock or a date on the calendar?

Plenty of people set goals and resolutions to begin the new year.

Plenty of people will break those goals before the week is up.

Nothing new about that…

Plenty of people will make a promise to love better.

Plenty of people will break that promise before the day is up.

Nothing new about that…

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9

Nothing new? Where is the hope for a new year if everything stays the same? Where is the hope for a new year if there is nothing new under the sun? Where is the hope for reconciliation and progress and redemption if there is nothing new under the sun? Where is the hope for hope when its been lost if nothing ever changes?

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. – Isaiah 65:17

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:4

For You are my hope, O Lord GOD;
You are my trust from my youth. – Psalm 71:5

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord. – Jeremiah 17:7

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:5

Happy New Year! May your year be full of all the newness that He provides! May your heart be filled with hope and joy enough to share! May God’s goodness and love fill every part of your life in 2015…and beyond!