Newness of Life

“Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

A new year begins in a matter of hours. Today I met a woman, a recovering alcoholic, who is visiting with the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She welcomed us into her apartment decorated with a charming style and a visiting baby grandson. In the conversation, they challenged her to write down two small, positive and attainable actions that she is not already doing.

She wrote pray and drink water in her spiral-bound notebook, and she committed to begin these tomorrow. New Year’s Day seemed like an appropriate new beginning. Then, they gave this challenge: when she accomplishes these tomorrow, and each day thereafter, she will add one more simple action to her list for the next day. In this way, they promised, “by small and simple things, are great things brought to pass.”

At this moment, her year-old grandson, climbed next to her on the couch and buried his cheeks into her side. She looked into his innocent eyes and said, “What can be a better motivator than a grandchild?” Did she see the reminder of newness of life in him? Her face reflected hope that she, too, could start new, again. A new morning and a new year awaits.

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