Lent 2, Tuesday, Year A

Inspired by Isaiah 65:17-25

“For I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating.”  Isaiah 65:17-18a (NRSV)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and when he looked upon what he had done he saw that it was good.  But he was not finished.

God’s creative action was not completed in the first six days.  God continues to create and recreate, refreshing and renewing what becomes tired and worn.  When his people, created in his own image, stray far from him and cause preventable harm to themselves, to others, and to the earth, God is able to bring us past our errors and injurious choices.  He offers us healing, a new start, a new birth.

Put your hope in the One whose powers of creation are greater than our powers of destruction.  Let him rebuild your life, and rejoice forever in his eternal redemptive work.

Let us pray.  Creator God, your activity within your creation never ceases.  Grant us the courage to embrace your renewing spirit, that we may let go of our past hurts and look forward to the glory to come.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.