Re:Verse reading– Mark 6:1-13 (day seven)
“And they went out and preached that people should repent.”–v 13.
My favorite holy day. Better than Christmas or Easter or Thanksgiving because it captures the spirit of them all. New Year’s Day calls us to repent. To change. To think again (meta noia).
Sure, I love Christmas Eve Candlelight, Easter sunrise service, family around a Thanksgiving table, but none of these equal, for me, the energy of this day! “Forgetting the things that are behind I press forward toward the prize! ” shouts Paul. (Philippians 3:13)
Unless I am careful, I will miss this exciting day! I’ll be lazy. Procrastinate. Make excuses. Take another day off. But, as the disciples observed in Nazareth, people who can’t change and grow forfeit the assistance of God. “He could do no miracle there”–v 5.
Today, will you rethink your life, your call, your love for God? Will you start again with fresh enthusiasm? Happy New Year, everyone!