Thursday, January 1, 2015

Genesis 8:11-13 -- On a Fresh Start

"And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry."
Genesis 8:11-13

This is part of the story of Noah and the Ark, where Noah sees the flood waters abate and the earth dry, and he is ready to start again.  And I think symbolically today is that kind of a day for all of us.  A day to let go of the tragedies of the past, and a day to start over with hope for the future and a renewed thankfulness to God.  Today, let's remove the covering from our arks.  Let's stop hunkering down and trying to ride out the storm, and let's see the good around us, and start anew.

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