Renewing Spirit

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death… Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So, letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8:1-2, 5-6 (New Living Translation)

I bought a Christmas leash to walk my dog last week. It’s red with white stripes, like a candy cane. The saying is “Get a new lease on life,” but maybe it’s never too late to have a new “leash” on life, especially at Christmas.

Leashes are used to guide and keep one on the right path. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we walk in righteousness. We have hope and are encouraged as God’s promises are fulfilled. Jesus came down from Heaven to live among us and we, through baptism, belong to Him.

We’re not condemned but forgiven. We rejoice even as we face challenges in our world. Joy replaces our doubts and fears. Christ has freed us from death, through His resurrection.

As my little pup and I meander through our neighborhood I see the holiday decorations, faces of neighbors, and hear nature singing all around. Squirrels scamper, and snowflakes swirl, as a Christmas carol dances in my mind. I hear children’s laughter. All these reflections reaffirm that God is present in His Creation, and we prepare for the birth of The Prince of Peace.

Worldly commercialism dims in comparison to the Biblical account of His birth. The new mind we acquire by the Spirit’s leash on our life leads us to a sanctified journey through this life. We give of ourselves to help others. Blessings return to us. Through sharing, friendships develop. With the Spirit’s guidance, we live in the Presence of eternal life.

Prayer: Glorious God, help us enjoy the abundance of eternal life by living in your grace and following the Way of Jesus through the guidance of the Renewing Spirit. Amen.

Judy – Cohort 4: Inspire. Ignite. Invite.

St. Mark Lutheran Church, Batesville, Indiana