We have all been there: Our computer stops working and we are at a loss as to what to do to remedy the situation. We ask computer experts what elaborate protocol might be necessary to fix the problem. Inevitably, the question comes back, “Have you tried restarting?” Ah, the simplest act of turning your computer off and on again is sometimes all that is necessary to resolve the glitch. It is often the easiest solution that is the best.

When we are stuck or broken down or just not working as we should in our lives, the psalmist tells us to restart:

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:2-5).

Renewal comes to us when we remember what God has done for us. Remember that we are blessed. Remember that we are forgiven. Remember that we have healing in God. Recall where we once were and how far we have come by God’s grace. Remind yourself that love and mercy from God sustain us. The good gifts from God we may have let slip from our minds can make us soar again.

Make it a practice to restart in your remembrance of God every time you are forced to restart your computer. The benefits are abundant.

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