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Doing ‘a new thing’

Steve_HowardIt’s already October, and here in the northeastern United States, the days are much shorter as we move through the calendar to the Winter Solstice on December 21st —the shortest day of the year. October is just at the beginning of the fall season, and for most people, it carries the benefit of seeing the leaves change to bright orange, yellow, and red.

If you look at the big picture, you might consider that we are in an inexorable march in an endless cycle of seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. You might say that the same thing happens every year and nothing ever changes.

Solomon said as much in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Another way to look at life is to recognize the newness that is found in every season. Every year is a bit different from the previous one and things do change. The prophet wrote this in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

God is doing a new thing in The Salvation Army and a new thing within each of us, if we will allow Him to do so.

As you read this issue of SAConnects, you will hear the stories of God’s new work in His people and in His Army. Are you willing to hear God’s voice and allow Him to do a new thing in you?

—Colonel Steven M. Howard
Territorial Secretary for Personnel

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