Ordinary Time


So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!

2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life for me,
And I’m feeling good

Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse in “Feeling Good” (1964)


Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:5


Do you ever experience those flashes of inspiration, where the floodgates suddenly open and ideas just start pouring out of you? When inspiration strikes: make all things new!

Creativity: It’s more about a specific way of thinking than about being good at drawing or music, for example. It’s about pushing your brain to draw connections between seemingly different ideas. Exercising your creativity has its benefits. The creative process helps relieve stress, helps work through emotions, increases your empathy and tolerance toward others, and increases brain plasticity.

So take time today for creativity. Right now, spend a moment thinking about what you’ve been inspired by lately. In what ways do you connect with it? What might you learn from that?

This inspiring thing? Write about it, draw it, or take a picture of it. Put your inspiration into words or color or music. (Don’t worry about the outcome. Just create!) Follow your instincts, trust your vision, and have fun. This is how new things are made. And it’s good for you!

Alex Flannagan


Beloved Creator of all that is, I am blessed to have been made in your image. You have given each of us great gifts, for which I am truly thankful.

Open my eyes to new ways in which I might develop and use my gifts to serve you and those around me. Bring me into the company of peers and mentors who support this process and help me grow.

Thank you, dear Teacher and Lord.



“There’s a season for everything… a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted… a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing… ” (Ecclesiastes 3)

Practice faith. It helps us make it through the seasons.

And as the cycles pass, remember that each ending is, in its own way, the beginning of something new.