Thought for the Day: There are so many quotations floating through the universe that are attributed to someone, but they simply are not correct. Someone might have said it, but it has been attributed to a famous individual. One of my favorites was CS Lewis who supposedly said, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” Come to find out, CS Lewis never said that. It is believed that someone in the 1980’s borrowed those words from James Sherman, an author, who made the following observation: “You can’t go back and make a new start, but you can start right now and make a brand new ending.” At first glance, it sounds more impressive when we attach the name CS Lewis, but what happens when people realize that’s inaccurate? I raise this because it seems strange for a quote about starting anew to have as its starting place a falsity. Paul had spoken some pretty harsh words to the church in Rome, but he also believed in them. He wanted to start them in a good place, a place filled with God. Hope needs to be rooted in something authentic and real. If the starting place for a new future is flimsy at best, then that future will probably be less than flimsy.
Prayer: The hope provided in Jesus, O Gracious God, is a hope that I can trust. I believe that your love will never forsake me, and that in the end, love will always prevail. And if love hasn’t prevailed, then it must not be the end. Amen.
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