October 13, 2020
A New Ball

by Jeff Hyde
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”.
Psalm 118: 24  
I was watching the baseball playoffs last evening. As the game was about to begin, the umpire came out in front of home plate and threw a new ball to the starting pitcher. A brand-new baseball. I remember as a young Little Leaguer standing on the pitcher’s mound and catching the starting game ball from an umpire in the same way.  As a boy, I didn’t get to see a brand-new ball except at the start of a game. The ball has a different feel. The seams are uniform and sharp. The leather is smooth and after you rub it a little you can get a really good grip on it. It’s clean, and smooth, and feels great in your hand.

One of the great things we have living on our earth is the blessing of a brand-new day when we wake from our rest. That day can be anything we choose to make it. A new start on the problems we face. A new opportunity to help others. A new chance to make amends with those we love.

In this terribly difficult time, let us each take this blessing of a new day for what it can be. A new chance to be the people God calls us to be.
Lord, thank you for the blessing of this new day. Help us to be the people you created us to be and make the most of this gift.  Amen.
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