Crystal Thieringer

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10)

My grandmother used to hum a version of this Bible verse.  The words she used were “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me”.

For the longest time, I felt the differences were slight, changed just to suit the meter of the chorus. Then one day, I read the same verse in Eugene Peterson’s The Message. 

God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.

It’s the first time I really thought about it.  A Genesis week. Genesis, as in Adam and Eve and the garden of Eden.  Genesis, as in the formation of something new.

From chaos. My life held a fair bit of chaos, once upon a time. I’d failed at a great many things–marriage, childbearing, friendships. I could make a very long list. Most of us could.

Or, we can ask God to make a fresh start. A Genesis week.

I’m choosing that.

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