Day 1: Persephone: Part 1 of 2
In Greek Mythology, the goddess Persephone plays a significant role in the changing of the seasons. The ancient story inspired musician John Mark McMillan to write a song focusing on some of the life changes (seasons) he had experienced throughout his life.
He noted that when he wrote this song, he was trying to explain the different seasons we all experience in life. For example, we experience seasons of living and thriving, but we also experience seasons of death and dying. Yet another season will emerge, and we once again experience life. This new life will be different, and more refined than the previous one.
Another part of meaning in the song lyrics comes from reminiscing about the past. McMillan says that far too often we think about the good old days. But those days are gone, and it’s best to accept the death of that season. He writes:
I don’t want to dance anymore
With dark nostalgia
I don’t want to hold hands with the dreams
Of a dead man.
As you read today, consider this: Is it possible that reminiscing on your past is hindering your ability to enter a new, more fruitful season in life?
In what ways have your past decisions and mistakes led you to believe that God would rather have somebody else be His ambassador rather than you?
Is it possible that reminiscing on your past is hindering your ability to enter a new, more fruitful season in life?
Listen to Persephone by John Mark McMillan
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 19-20
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, I confess that there are times when I think about the good old days. There are times when I reminisce about my past, believing the lie that if my life were more like it used to be, it would be better. Thank You for reminding me today of just how far You have brought me. Thank you for reminding me that even though I have some great memories from my past, You have been refining me. I pray today that I can be confident to not be enslaved by ‘dark nostalgia’, but can instead see the more fruitful life you have laid before me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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