New Beginnings

   Happy New Year, WCN friends. I hope 2022 holds God’s greatest blessings for you. I don’t know about you, but I love the start of a new year. There is something inherently hopeful about new beginnings. This morning I was reading in John chapter 8 about the woman caught in adultery. Do any of you long for a fresh start? A day to leave the disappointments, bad decisions and unfinished goals of the past behind and forge on into the future? The future, a place where anything is possible and  every day brings new hope and new mercies.

   The woman caught in adultery receives her fresh start from Jesus, but she is not the only character in that Biblical account that we can learn from. I love how Scripture comes alive and God says something fresh each time we read it; because the Holy Spirit knows what we need to be learning at any given moment. Today I saw three characters in John 8 and realized that I could be any of the three in the story.

   The first one I saw is not named specifically, but as I pictured the scene unfolding in my mind I saw him...he was the last man standing. He held the stone the longest and was the last person to walk away. We know that he was one of the younger people (John 8:9). We know that he was willing to cast a stone at another for their sin. We know that he did not stay to receive the grace of Jesus, but stayed the longest in order to extend judgment and condemnati ...

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