Today's Reading: Deuteronomy 24-27
There is nothing like a fresh start. Most of us celebrate fresh starts on New Year's Day. We make resolutions and hope to keep them. We have great intentions and lots of energy to keep those high ideals.
Imagine what it felt like for the people of Israel as they stood on the bank of the Jordan River and were about to "cross over." Imagine the excitement. Imagine the hope. Imagine the great intentions.
Moses, at the front of the assembly, unable to cross over with these people with whom he had traveled for 40 years, reminds the people of the covenant. The verses from chapter 27: 15-26 reiterate a new way of living. It is a list of cursings, but it reads like a victory cheer.
It is as if Moses is saying, "We will live in such a way that displays great holiness. Any less is unacceptable to us."
And all the people say, "Amen!"
The coach is marching his team out onto the field after 40 years of training. A new beginning. A new day. A new victorious lifestyle.
And all the rules are about living with one another in a new way. A way of respect, kindness and boundaries.
Have you come to your Jordan River in your life?
Are you ready to cross over?
Are you wading through the water?
Or are you living victoriously on the other side?