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photo: CCO public domain graphic: Martha G. Brady

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, (s)he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and
gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,
not counting their trespasses against them, and
entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

 II Corinthians 5:17-19
Signs of growth…
Light green shoots coming off
The stems of perennials.
Fresh green pushing up from the ground
As seeds sprout.
Buds forming on plants as flowers develop.
These are all signs that growth is starting.
Repenting when I am aware that I have hurt another person.
Wanting to change the way I do relationships
So I don’t hurt them again.
These are tiny green shoots of green growth.
Grasping the forgiveness GOD has freely given me
And giving it to those who hurt me
Even when those hurts are deep.                     stop 


Growth to the point where I know
That I have been reconciled to GOD
And now can have the ministry of reconciliation
To those in my world.
So they can enjoy the hope and refreshment of the gospel!
GOD brings Spring into my life in ways I don’t always see it,
Helping me drive away the gray and gloom in the world around me.