Ms. Willie is always our last visit. She lives on the top floor of the public-housing apartments that Kay and I deliver supper to on Wednesday afternoons.
With everyone else, we knock on their door, give them a box meal, ask how they’re doing, and move on.
But Ms. Willie is different.
She steps out of her apartment in her nightgown to chat for several minutes. She rarely wants the food because her stomach has been upset. (Because she also has no teeth, we show her what’s easy to chew; sometimes she takes it, sometimes she doesn’t.)
And she never knows who we are.
Every week she asks us, “Aren’t y’all new ones?”
We used to say, “No, Ms. Willie. We’re not new. We were here last week, too. Remember?”
But now I’ve started just saying, “Yes, we’re new. I’m Lisa and this is Kay. It’s nice to meet you!”
She then proceeds to tell us how she got her name (from her sweet little ol’ daddy), to ask us to pray about a sister, and eventually to say, “I thank you for coming, but I know you’re busy so I won’t keep you.”
But even though I’m sad her memory is fading further and further away, I’m glad she reminds us that we are new every day.
Today is a new one. And we are new in it. We’re not exactly who we were yesterday. We’re not exactly who we’ll be tomorrow.
We’re refilled with a new measure of grace every morning.
Every morning God wakes us up with a fresh supply. Just as he daily rained down manna for the Israelites in the desert after escaping slavery, so he promises to rain down enough grace to fill us up perfectly each day.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
As you start a new week, may you remember, too, that you are new today. Everyday. You don’t have to carry around last week’s trash. God already disposed of it. You don’t have to worry about next week’s plans. God’s grace is already prepared for it.
Like new buds that are opening every day now (thank God it’s finally spring!), God opens you up to new possibilities every day, new views, new graces.
Embrace the renewed you. You’ve never been the person you are right now.
Today is a new day and thanks to God’s mercy, you’re a new you in it!
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Where do you hope to see new mercies this week? Let’s talk in the comments.
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