August in many homes is more like the beginning of a new year than January 1. The smell of new shoes, the sounds of school bells, and the excitement (or trepidation) that a new school year brings all mean new beginnings. With each new year brings new opportunities, new habits, new ideas. In many ways, our church is about to embark on a new journey.
As we start this journey, let us embrace the excitement and create space for God to work in our new schedules. Leave time for solitude and reflection on The Word. Start a new devotional book or routine. Embark on a deeper Bible study.
As I was praying about what to write, the Holy Spirit brought to mind the 51st Psalm. David wrote the Psalm after Nathan approached King David about his sin with Bathsheba, one of his most public and disgraceful sins. David starts the Psalm by asking God to be gracious. He then tells God all about his sin. And then we come to the part that really hit a chord with me: Create in me a clean heart, o God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Will you join me in asking God to create a clean heart within each of us? Will you join me in a quest for steadfastness to reading and studying the Bible? Will you pray and ask forgiveness as David did?
Jesus I ask that you restore unto each of us the joy of your salvation. Sustain us each with a willing spirit. Create in our church a clean heart. Help us to develop new habits that will create space for You to work. For without You, we will not be steadfast. In Your Name and by Your Power we ask this. Amen