Reflections by the Sea: Renewal

Published 8:47 am Thursday, December 21, 2023

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By Betsy Ore Glass

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 ESV

On a recent trip to New England, I spotted this charming barn door with a simple yet very large wreath. You could see the layers of red paint on this old barn from years past. Something old was made new again with the spirit of the fresh wreath and red crisp bow. A renewal was happening.

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Our spiritual life can always benefit from refreshment. A new devotion book, memorizing scripture for the time of life we are in, volunteering to help others. They all matter. I often like to take quiet walks on the beach. I love seeing nature, thanking God for it, resting in Him and receiving daily fresh renewal.

God has something new for us every day. Seek and ye shall find.

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at or read additional Reflections at