Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me, (Holy Bible, Psalm 51:10, King James Version).

January is the month of returns and renewal. Returns remove clutter of unwanted gifts, from wrong size to wrong color, to wrong style in exchange for useful items. Lines are long, but the wait is rewarding when the shopper receives a refund or a more desirable replacement.

Renewal is not so easy. It takes strength and courage to exchange a wrong attitude for a right spirit and create a clean heart.

Prayer: Lord, this is a new year—a time to renew my dedication to You. Help me follow the prayer of the psalmist who understood that renewal begins with the heart. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

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