Spring a Time of Refreshing
The wind is gently blowing through the screen on the bedroom window. The giant pine trees in the backyard are swaying in the breeze. The smell of Sunday dinner is wafting through the house. The sound of the television is muffled in the background. And a priceless sense of joy and peace is felt by a little boy as he lay in his grandmother’s bed in a downtown Atlanta neighborhood. Although it’s been over thirty years ago, I can remember this particular moment like it was yesterday. We spent a lot of time at my grandparents’ house when I was young. When it was time to go home they’d always give us a bag full of goodies. I was very blessed of God to have a family that loved me and spent time with me as a child.
However, as I think about the state of so many children and young people today I can’t help but be saddened by the pain, loneliness, fear, and overwhelming nothingness that I so often see in their eyes. Sometimes when I look at people today it’s almost like I’m looking into an empty shell or into a vacuum of brokenness. It truly hurts my heart. There is so much pain and empti-ness in our world today that one would have to be almost spiritually dead and completely ob-sessed with self not to be affected and burdened.
As we enter into Spring, a time of refreshing and new life, please know that life doesn’t have to be the way it’s always been. Please know that life doesn’t have to be empty, lonely, painful, and full of regret. Please know that you don’t have to go another day broken. Please know that God offers His amazing, life-changing love and soul-saving forgiveness to those who will ac-cept Jesus Christ and submit to Him as the Lord of their life. Please know that Jesus Christ makes all things new. Please know that Jesus Christ can and will give you a peace that passes all understanding and a joy that will fill you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head.
God loves to take a mess and turn it into a masterpiece through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
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