My daily devotionals are often the texts of hymn writers. I find their poetry remains in my heart and mind either in song or through spoken word throughout the day. Their poetic, rhyming lines evoke a wide range of thoughts and emotions. They can haunt, perplex, question, soothe, inspire, and assure me—sometimes all within one hymn!
Today’s text came from Brian Wren, a contemporary British hymn writer. Wren writes that the vocation of a poet in the church is to not only “to write poems of faith which people will pick up and sing,” but to also “speak truth by stepping beyond the church’s limits of comfort and convention”. Highland’s hymnal, Celebrating Grace, has four of Brian Wren’s texts. Today’s chosen hymn text is perfect for a new year:
For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference
as faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
step from the past, and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.
The calendar turned to a new year but we are in the middle of our COURAGE interim journey. May we step forward and trust God to make all things new.
~ Kathy Collier