Martha & Greg Singleton

Martha & Greg Singleton


Sharp New Crayons!


They’re back!

Every grocery store, every Walmart and Target, every dollar store has them front and center.

School supplies! Tablets and spirals and endless rows of crayons and markers and pens and pencils and glue and scissors, the tips of which marked our progress from early childhood to official “big kid.”

Back packs and lunch boxes, brand new, allowing for the excitement of a fresh start, minus the stains and tears of the ones we were toting around in May.

And the newness didn’t stop there. There were new school shoes, clean and unscuffed, to replace the ones that had broken laces and that had begun to pinch our toes when school was out the year before.

As adults, we still remember the promise and hope of those fresh, clean notebooks, and sharp-tipped pencils and crayons, offering us a new chance to do things right, and to succeed.

The thrill of endless possibilities, of the chance to exchange old for new, of hope in the opportunity to learn and grow and be better than we were, is a gift that God gives to us every single day.

The Bible, in Lamentations 3:23-24, (The Message) says it this way:

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
   his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
    How great your faithfulness!

This week, when we see those school supplies on display, let it be a reminder that each day is like a new school year, with God offering us a fresh start and endless possibilities.

I’m thankful that He gives me a backpack full of clean paper and sharp crayons, and I can’t wait to see what today’s assignment will be!


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