“Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that. You cannot hold onto the old, all the while declaring that you want something new.
The old will defy the new;
The old will deny the new;
The old will decry the new.
There is only one way to bring in the new.
You must make room for it.”
– Neale Donald Walsh
In his book on St. Francis of Assisi entitled Eager to Love, Richard Rohr writes:
“Francis of Assis was a master of making room for the new and letting go of that which was tired or empty… He was always new, always fresh, always beginning again. Much of Francis’s genius was that he was ready for absolute ‘newness’ from God and therefore could also trust fresh and new attitudes in himself. His God was not tired, and so he was never tired. His God was not old, so Francis remained forever young.”
Newness can be refreshing and exciting, but it can also bring stress, fear, and resistance. Yet the creative Spirit of God is ever working to transform creation and make all things new. May we embrace new attitudes and experiences as they enter our lives, and strive to live with a curious and creative spirit in response to the work of God.
“And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new. Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revalations 21:5