"All the poor and powerless
And all the lost and lonely
All the thieves will come confess
And know that You are holy

And all will sing out
And we will cry out

And all the hearts that are content
And all who feel unworthy
And all who hurt with nothing left
Will know that You are holy"

“All the Poor and Powerless,” 2011, by All Sons and Daughters

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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

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What do you know about Paul, the author of today’s passage? Let me give a rundown in 5 words: Bully. Jesus. Transformed. Traveling teacher.

Paul had a painful history. He was a persecutor of Christians, but then he was transformed by Christ and became one of the best-known advocates of his time for the Christian faith. He became a “new creation,” and I think he’s trying to say that we can be, too.

In a world where everything is all about the newest thing — cell phone, computer, game system, car, style, etc. — this idea of “new” seems insignificant. In our world, as soon as the new thing reaches our hands, there is something newer to take its place.

But Paul is talking about us becoming new. Not an object, but us. When we experience Christ, Christ creates something new in us. This could take the form of love, hope, a passion for justice or ministry… Whatever it is, it’s something good and we should embrace it.

Chris Wondree

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God of new beginnings, help me find a passion to be made new by you. Help open my heart to experience your love and grace in a way that doesn’t leave me where I am but leads me to become “a new creation.” Amen.

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Go forth into the world in peace, knowing that the God who made you continues to love, keep, nurture, and grow you. Amen.

Chris Wondree

Chris Wondree is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a B.S. in Biology, and a current student at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond pursuing a Master of Divinity. Chris serves as the youth minister at May Memorial Baptist Church in Powhatan, Virginia. (He likes long walks on beaches at sunset and huskies.)

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