There’s a popular phrase around Patmos. It is normally announced at workouts, during challenges, and any other circumstance you wouldn’t want to hear it. It makes you feel as if everything you just worked for means nothing. It was one I hated my whole term. To think two small words can mean so much: begin again.
This morning I read Lamentations 3:22-23 and thought about that oh-so-famous phrase:
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
He isn’t angry or unloving. In gentleness, God awakens us to His mercy and says, “I am for you. I love you. And no matter how many times you mess up, I will always begin again.”
That is the rare occasion that makes me joyful to hear those words. As the students arrive today, I pray that “begin again” isn’t a phrase that frustrates, but liberates them to grab hold of mercy. Would you pray with me?