Friday, January 2, 2009

New Beginnings

Since it is the beginning of a new year,
I wanted to post this thoughtful writing
by Henri J. M. Nouwen.



A New Beginning

We must learn to live each day,
each hour, yes, each minute
as a new beginning,
as a unique opportunity to make everything new.

Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life.

Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises.

Imagine that we could walk through the new year
always listening to a voice saying to us:
"I have a gift for you and can't wait for you to see it!"


Is it possible that our imagination can lead us to the truth of our lives?

Yes, it can!

The problem is that we allow our past,
which becomes longer and longer each year, to say to us:
"You know it all; you have seen it all, be realistic;
the future will be just another repeat of the past.
Try to survive it as best you can."

There are many cunning foxes jumping on our shoulders
and whispering in our ears the great lie:
"There is nothing new under the sun . . .
don't let yourself be fooled."

When we listen to these foxes,
they eventually prove themselves right:
our new year, our new day, our new hour
become flat, boring, dull, and without anything new.

So what are we to do?

First, we must send the foxes back to where they belong:
in their foxholes.

And then we must open our minds and our hearts to the voice
that resounds through the valleys and hills of our life saying:

"Let me show you where I live among my people.
My name is 'God-with-you.'

I will wipe away all the tears from your eyes;
there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness.
The world of the past has gone"
(see Revelation 21:2-5).

We must choose to listen to that voice,
and every choice will open us a little more

to discover the new life hidden in the moment,
waiting eargerly to be born.



Jean said...

Happy New Year, Rainey. Thank you for that nice sentiment today.

Your roses are beautiful. I need to go out and pull spotty leaves off some of mine.


FlowerLady said...

Happy New year Nell ~ Glad you liked that piece. Thank you about my roses. I want to fill up my main garden with roses and other bloomers instead of the three dang ferns that have taken over. :-) Too much green, not enough color.


Sharon said...

I can learn so much from you. . .your words are so rich with wisdom.

Thank you for the reminder to work toward fresh new things because they are truly always ahead.

Have a blessed day!

FlowerLady said...

Hi Sharon ~ Thanks for your kind words. I think we all can learn from each other. We all live different lives, have different things happen, but have the same hopes and dreams and longings.

Have a nice week ~ FlowerLady