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Barbara Walking in the Valley
A bi-weekly column, featuring one Christian's (a)musings on life's journey

by Barbara Dahlgren

Off with the Old On with the New
Column for the weeks of January 1-15, 2008

The New Year is upon us. We’ve said, “Good-bye” to 2007 and said, “Hello” to 2008. It’s time to take down those Christmas decorations so we can start all over again.

Exactly what does a “new” year mean to you? Is it time to start over, time for a new beginning, time to refresh, time to renew, time to look back, or time to look forward?

Scriptures use the word “new” frequently in reference to the Christian journey. Here are a few examples:

God puts a new song in our mouth. (Psalm 40:3)

God gives us a new commandment. (John 13:34-35)

We are to put off the old and become a new person in Christ. (Ephesians 4:20-24)

God will give us a new name. (Revelation 2:17)

If we are in Christ, we are a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

God wants to give us a new heart and new spirit. (Ezekiel 18:31-32)

We can look forward to a new heaven and new earth. (2 Peter 3:13)

As you make plans and resolutions for 2008, I pray you will place your faith and trust in God – for he is the only one who has the ability to make all things new – even us! (Revelation 21:5)


Happy New Year!


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