Wednesday’s Word: Beginnings


No one could distinguish between the joyful shouts and the crying, because the noise they made was so loud that it could be heard for miles. Ezra 3:13


Some experiences go deeper than one emotion. When the rebuilding of the Temple began in Jerusalem, the people shouted for joy. At the same time, some of the elders wept. Perhaps they remembered the lost glory of the original Temple or the hardships the people endured in exile before being allowed to return and rebuild.


Turning points can be bittersweet. When the prodigal son returned home, it is easy to imagine tears of sorrow and tears of joy blending into one.  First time parents joyfully welcoming their newborn may also miss carefree times of less responsibility. Newly sober addicts might find it challenging to turn their backs on the people, places and things of his former life. Accepting a new job—even if it’s a great opportunity—means leaving behind the security of the familiar. Every new beginning can be traced back to an ending of some sort and endings have within them the seeds of new beginnings. We can trust God in our times of transition no matter what we’re feeling.  The Last Supper became the First Eucharist.


Prayer: In joy and sorrow, blessed be the Lord.


Reflection: What endings have you experienced in your life? How have they become opportunities for new beginnings?


2 Responses to Wednesday’s Word: Beginnings

  • Karen Boyce says:

    This post is so true! I can think of so many changes in my life that were bittersweet. A new beginning usually means an ending. Life is an adventure! A gift from God!

    • bhosbach says:

      I agree-life is an adventure and a gift from God. When we let go, we become open to the unexpected things He has in mind for us. But we can’t receive a gift if our hands are full. We have to let go of something to receive something new.

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