Today, 2016 finds its way into the memory banks as the sun rises on a new year. The old becomes history as the new dawns with a promise of hope.
Reflection and renewal are at the forefront of our thoughts as the days gone by are remembered and the days yet to come are welcomed with child-like, bright-eyed anticipation. In the reflection, there may be pain or loss that seems impossible to recover. And in the anticipation, the hope of better days ahead may be blurred by loneliness, relationships gone awry or even a fight for your life.
Regardless of life’s circumstances, the parties still swirled around as the ball dropped at midnight. Cultures in every corner of the world shouted in a moment of triumph to leave the old behind and breathe in the new as the calendar turned to 2017.
But as always, the morning dawned. Lives everywhere continued in the same routine, the same searching, the same family squabbles, the same wrong or right friends, the same battles with children and spouses, the same hurt, the same pain, the same questions, the same day in and day out. Until…
Until a conscious decision is made to step onto the path leading to redemption and restoration. Until they move with faith into the life God has called His people to live.
So as the sun set on December 31, the God Most High hovered over His beautiful world and over the ones He has loved, to remind everyone that He is God not just in a new year, but in every moment.
On January 1, and every day following, we can be sure the Word of the God is true. We can lean in with confidence, draw near to Him, and receive His great mercy. We can find grace to cover every need in the right moment. Whether life is easy or hard, the answer is the same. Jesus our high priest, who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, has come, and the pathway to God has once again been made clear.
Purposefully and with deep faith I choose Jesus and pray that the world will choose Him too!
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”