Like a New Baby (Life Journal – 7/21/2015)


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)


  • Why both “God and Father?” —> imagery of birth, new and young life
  • God’s mercy is the source of this blessing Peter describes
  • What God gives is connected to its source in quality: resurrection produces living hope, heaven gives an inheritance that cannot fade or dim
  • Although mercy is the source — faith is the means of this blessing (verse 5)


These brief verses at the opening of Peter’s letter speak profoundly to me today. Over the next few days I will be spending time with a family who has lost their husband/father/grandfather after a long illness. These verses are powerful but even more so in the shadow of death, of loss, of grief.

What says life more than a baby? What brings joy more than  a new life, a young life? So Peter says we can experience that anew through the resurrection of Jesus. Not just a metaphor – a reality. Not an image but an experience! The Father of Jesus? Wants to produce new life in us who are facing death.


God and Father, as I look toward these days of facing the reality of death may I remember life in you. As I grieve with these friends may I point them and myself to the Father who gives another life, one that will not end with death and cannot be destroyed or diminished. In these days when they and I most need it may we see it again through your great mercy and the resurrection of your son, Jesus. Amen.

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