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May I Start Over?

Everybody has those moments when they would like to “start over”.  Children making an oral or musical presentation or adults that feel stressed in a presentation or witnesses trying to answer a question in court….sometimes just need to have the privilege of starting over.  The poem listed below has become a favorite of many people that have gone through adversities and hardships that left them bruised and hurting.  It is a great poem to bring reflection as we start a New Year.  2017 is a new beginning, clean slate, and without blemish.  So we truly can “begin again” because of God’s compassion to provide His amazing forgiveness and grace!

The Land of Beginning Again

by Louisa Fletcher 

I wish that there were some wonderful place
In the Land of Beginning Again.
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door
and never put on again.
I wish we could come on it all unaware,
Like the hunter who finds a lost trail;
And I wish that the one whom our blindness had done
The greatest injustice of all
Could be there at the gates
like an old friend that waits
For the comrade he’s gladdest to hail.
We would find all the things we intended to do
But forgot, and remembered too late,
Little praises unspoken, little promises broken,
And all the thousand and one
Little duties neglected that might have perfected
The day for one less fortunate.
It wouldn’t be possible not to be kind
In the Land of Beginning Again,
And the ones we misjudged
and the ones whom we grudged
their moments of victory here,
Would find in the grasp of our loving hand-clasp
More than penitent lips could explain…
So I wish that there were some wonderful place
Called the Land of Beginning Again,
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches,
And all of our poor selfish grief
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door
And never put on again.  (Copied).