Read Matthew 23: 23-26
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have
committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.
Winter seemed to drag on for months and left all the
windows of our home covered with a dull film. On the first
nice day of spring, my wife washed them. She went from one
to the next, scrubbing and cleaning. Later, as we looked out
a window together, she said, “How bright and new the world
looks through clean windows!”
This experience reminded me how my perspective
changed when I first accepted Christ. Suddenly everything
and everyone seemed sacred. I saw God’s presence every-
where. I wondered how I had missed seeing this for so long.
Then I realized that the world hadn’t changed; I had been
True, there is evil in the world, but God’s love is always
working in the world. God calls us to repent and to seek clean
hearts. Our living in unrepentant sin gives each day
a dark and ominous feeling.
However, with repentance
and forgiveness, every day
takes on a bright, clean
appearance. The change can be like beginning a new life.
Prayer: Dear God, fill our hearts with your love so that we can
share it with people we encounter. Amen.
Gale A. Richards (Iowa)
Prayer Focus: TO BE INSTRUMEN TS OF GOD’S WORK
— Ezekiel 18: 31 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God’s love fills us with
the light of new life.