A new place, a new chance to grow, a new opportunity to see with new eyes

This place, this event, just a few days in a long life

Be there, in heart, in body, in soul

Prepare your mind, do not fear, the strength of God is with you


Lord give us today’s bread, walking new streets, odd sounds

There is a sound I know, slower here, the day ticks by

Another place, another sight, all under the Father’s purview


Do not worry about tomorrow, record today’s events, they will change you

You don’t want to forget, those things that were heaven sent

Clattering through your mind, a sign, a sense, a smell

They will build your inner strength, making you more than you were

You have a chance to change the world, keep ahold of your moorings


A new bed, room, food, people

New paths, challenging work

A respite before seeing things you’ve only dreamed of, each morning new


Time will go fast, learn all you can

We are not promised tomorrow, what you journal will live

Think about your reactions, what do they tell about you?

Be on the alert, new is too often dangerous

But carefully it becomes you


Then home again, prepared, excited, joy

The familiar for one day is new, oh how wonderful it looks

You know what it means to miss your home place


That’s how new goes

It is here only for a moment, then it becomes common

The one who can see the wonder of the common, that one will win

Winning is just another part of the ordinary, we can do it all the time

It demands that we live with joy, peace, and Christ-He is our light and life


Clay Corvin   – August 15, 2016


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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was employed by NOBTS for 38 years. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren. His ministry is to the homeless and helpless seeking to promote the cause of Christ everyplace he travels.