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Renewal happens

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Like an early-spring sunrise that shifts the whole winter landscape into retreat and also brings hope to a solitary sparrow that stayed and rode out the storms of winter, the renewing power of God affects both the very large and the very little. The Psalmist suggests as much. He says, "Thou [God] renewest the face of the earth" (104:30). On a different scale, he also prays, "Renew a right spirit within me" (51:10). God's renewing power resolves concerns that are planet-wide – and sparrow-small.

Today, too, humanity's needs come in both sizes. At one extreme, an entire nation's infrastructure – its roads and bridges, its dams and levees, and more – demand repair or replacement. At the other extreme, a lone individual – perhaps faced with an internal organ that is shutting down – may be overwhelmed by fear and fighting for survival. The renewing power of God offers help in both cases and can bring fresh solutions to where it seemed there were none.

These solutions are always in keeping with God's nature. A nonmaterial God doesn't replace corroding matter with gleaming matter. He never exchanges diseased or decaying matter with functioning matter. God isn't operating within a material framework. Rather, He is expressing His spiritual nature. That's renewing. As one realizes this in prayer, it grows easier to shed material beliefs for spiritual understanding. Then new views of God's renewing power begin to open up.

Think of God as divine Love. Love cherishes its own creation right now, each second. Because this divine cherishing proceeds from almighty Love, it renews the hopes of any individual who might feel hopeless. Fear and despair lose their grip and drop away as the assurances of Love take hold in thought. Healing follows.

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