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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

(2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

As my wife and I surveyed the majestic Rocky Mountains of Yellowstone National Park, four grizzly bear cubs bounced playfully around the furry force of nature that is momma bear. Hiking along a rugged trail in the park, Debbie and I found our path blocked by a half-dozen elk. Initially, we started to proceed along the trail, but were literally stopped in our (and their) tracks as we spied two elk calves. We chose to backtrack to avoid the charge of a protective mother elk. Hidden in the overgrown brush we discovered another calf, except this little one belonged to a momma moose. Driving through Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, we pulled over to watch a thundering herd of bison, but when the dust settled, our attention was drawn to a nursing bison calf. We were told by the park ranger that it is calving season. One of the silver linings behind the dark cloud of COVID-19 is fewer tourists in Yellowstone park providing more opportunities to see animal families out and about in their natural habitat. God has created a spectacular deliver room in the great outdoors. Everywhere around me there is new life and I am awed once again by the artistry of the Creator.

Unlike us who watch in amazement, and all of mankind, these magnificent creatures remain unstained by the world, and thus the need to be born but once. We, on the other hand, need to be born again by the grace of God through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. It’s not always an easy concept to understand and often harder to share and explain, albeit essential. Even Jesus went with small words as He tried to explain salvation to Israel’s religious elite. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,” Jesus told a teacher of theology named Nicodemus, “that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,” Jesus explained, “but to save the world through him.” (Reference John 3: 16-17 NIV).

The Apostle Paul wrote to a church in Corinth, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

(2 Corinthians 5:17) With all the new life around us every day, it would be a perfect time to start fresh and anew. It would be a perfect time to be born again by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or rededicating your life and efforts to the One Who gives New Life in this world and the next. God bless.

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