Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
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The organist in the church in which I grew up sat at the organ console with her back to the congregation. She had a rear-view mirror positioned so that she could see everything. She stayed there through the whole service even though she could have moved to a nearby chair or pew. I don't know who deserved more sympathy. This woman who was always looking backward or the pastor who was always preaching to her backside. There is a good time for remembering and a good time to set one's face toward the future. It is all in the timing, but the future takes priority for it is filled with the next brilliant brush strokes of our creative God for the sake of the world.
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Holy God, point us forward so that strengthened by the wisdom of the past we may serve you faithfully in the future. Amen