By Ileana A.
On Monday morning, we had our Methodist chapel service. Though the alarm clock from earlier that morning was still ringing in my ears, a new hymn, “This Is a Day of New Beginnings,” rang louder. Exhausted and wanting more sleep, this second to last song caught my attention.
This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus,
love’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference,
as faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring,
step from the past and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.
-Brian Wren, 1978
The first and third verses are my favorite. Last week I was having a hard time dealing with things that have already happened and that I do not have the power to change. Somehow, God must have known that I needed a reminder: One day at a time. Every day is an opportunity to try again. And if today didn’t go as well as I had hoped it would, there is always tomorrow. So far this week, whenever I begin to try to control things again, I remember this hymn, let go, and move on.