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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Psalm 119:81-88


I am like a wineskin shriveled by smoke, but I have not forgotten your laws . . . In your kindness give me life, to keep the decrees you have spoken.

This eleventh strophe of Psalm 119 reminds us that God can renew even the shriveled wineskin.

God says: Do not worry about how your renewal will come about. Your transformation is part of my plan for your joy.D o not worry about how you will find your new comfort zone. I will provide a new wineskin for the new wine of your renewal. Your personal challenge is this . . . to dispose of habits that must be re-visited, to replace any old, self-defeating practices with new traditions that will be fitting for your new life.

Jesus says: No one sews a new cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins. (Mark 2:21-22)

When we ask God to sort our problems and remove the obstacles before us . . . we must be prepared to change our old skin for new.

Tomorrow, Lamedh.

To learn more about the Hebrew letter Kaph, click on the word or the image above, or go to: http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/3_kaph.html or http://www.inner.org/hebleter/kaf.htm

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