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New Life

By: Ellen Perkey

When we moved into our new home a few years ago we took a couple house plants including a kalanchoe that I’ve had since before our children were born. This little kalanchoe plant became a parable for me.  It was neglected for over a year (literally) after we moved to our new house.  We did a major remodel and some of our things stayed in an untouched room in the house, including this plant.  It sat in an upstairs window and I didn’t water it for at least 9 months.  When we finally moved into our house completely after the remodel I found it behind all the things we had stored.  It appeared dead, but I watered it and put it in my kitchen anyway. A few days later I looked at it I was amazed to see it was growing new leaves! 

 

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone, a new life has begun!”

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

The renewal and re-creation that continuously happens in nature reflects the truth of God.  No matter how dead we are spiritually, no matter how hopeless and violent the world seems it’s possible to come back to life.  The love of God overcomes, and there’s no sin or sorrow that can be healed.  Anyone can become a new person.