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“No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.” (Luke 5:36)

A wrong turn in Cleveland set up this picture for my camera.  The old Orthodox church looks like it’s growing from the roof of the new housing complex.  The picture reminds me of the struggle we often face with the “old and the new” in our lives. Sometimes we get stuck, and the “old” becomes our “idol” that might hold us back from letting go and truly allowing God to examine us and fill our hungry souls.  Other times our spiritual and emotional hunger can propel us on a quest for the “latest and greatest”  with such desperation that we destroy the old without an understanding of the important role it might continue to play for us.  We begin to worship the “new” – one “latest and greatest” gimmick after another.  We need time for prayerful discernment supplied by God’s constant,consistent Spirit.  I pray that God will give me that Spirit and it’s healing, healthy discernment.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, WV

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~ by revgenelson on February 17, 2010.

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