Happy New Year and Happy New Day!

  • You “ I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
    the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.” Lamentations 3:19

oprahwinfrey1On December 31, people all over the world celebrate the end of the year. Perhaps many feel the same way as the writer of Lamentations 3…putting behind the trouble, lostness, bitter taste of ashes and poison experienced in 2016. It  has been a tough year with wars and refugees, natural and national disasters, death of loved ones or relationships, illness, lost possessions, etc., etc. etc.

I suggest we take time to reflect and accept the sadness and disappointments of the year by spending time with God, as suggested in Lamentations 3:28-30:

When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.

And then celebrate the New Year:

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left. Lamentations 3:22-24

Let me challenge you to go one step further and begin each day with a Happy New Day declaration. Every day is God’s gift to his children–a new beginning loaded with grace, forgiveness, and opportunities to serve him.

Dear Lord, bless this New Year and every New Day. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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