1 John 2:24
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
Today is the anniversary of Shannon and I hearing about the fact that we had been chosen to parent our first child. After much failure, it was an amazing experience. Days later we met her at 8 days old, and what little marvels she and her sister are! Remembering the beginning of the things that matter most always restores energy and rekindles hope. Shannon and I do it with our marriage and countless other milestones in our family. We do it with my ministerial journey too. This August I’ll have been the pastor of Goodwill for 18 years.
I also remember the beginning when it comes to faith in Christ. I remember the first Bible I bought. I was so nervous. I remember reading and reading it. I remember the first Protestant church service I attended. I had attend two Roman Catholic midnight masses, so this Protestant service was actually the 3rd or 4th I had ever attended. I’ve been at Goodwill ever since.
Lord, help me remember the first time I heard about You. Help me remember the first time I believed in You. Please let Your Gospel always abide in me. Thank You for Your blessing of new beginnings. Amen.