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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, March 30, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  2 Corinthians 5:16–21

From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NRSV)

Have you ever had the experience of coming to a door, opening it, and stepping into an absolutely new reality? Once on a student retreat in the Pacific Northwest a group of us were invited to cabin of the founder of the retreat center. It was night. A steady rain made us slip on the muddy road as we began an uphill climb. Through the forest, pitched in darkness, the group came around the bend and saw on the horizon a house, glowing, smoke from a wood-burning stove snaking its way heavenward.

We came to the door and, stepping over the threshold, into the warm glow; the chatter and banter of the journey gave way to complete silence. Our host, Fritz, welcomed us. We then were offered cocoa, comfy pillows, and the glow of Fritz’s excitement. That night he would tell us that this little cabin called “Story House” is the place where the story of the universe is told. Posters of the constellations and galaxies as seen from the Hubbell Telescope in bold array are flung across the ceiling. On the floor, to provide grounding, symbols of the ancients—masks from Native cultures, stones from glacial ages, woven blankets and rugs patterned with nature’s covering were at the ready. Fritz poured out the story of the universe, the daunting astronomical reality that our galaxy alone is spread over a 100,000 light-year expanse and is estimated to be one among millions in the universe. As students eyed the posters, they were only viewing .001 percent of the 100 billion stars in our Milky Way. From the sheer magnificence of that moment, some alignment of heart and horizon, soul and spiritual reach came into view in the students’ faces. It was as if the group stepped over the threshold into the human spirit’s limit and potential. I glimpsed the new creation.

This portion of scripture from the Apostle Paul’s pen holds a glimpse into new creation in Christ. It is a vast view of the understanding that when we are in Christ, we are a new creation. The God that flung the universe sees us as part of the new creation. And we are reconciled, that is, brought into harmony with the created order—made new, made whole.

With the students, we step over from darkness into light; from shaky uncertainty into the reminder that we are part of an unfolding creation—the scope of which is being lived out in your life and mine, through Christ, each day.

Most Genius Creator God, through Christ we are a new creation. Yes, brand new, bold, unfolding, letting go of all the constraints, aligning with your holy purpose. May it be so. Amen.

Written by Lucy Forster-Smith, Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education

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