Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
I spent New Years Eve with some dear friends eating great treats and playing games most of the night. At one point, we paused to reflect on this past year and shared our most influential moment in 2013. One man spoke of getting a needed raise and another on the blessing of health and life. A few others shared about their children or on successfully rising above a life challenge. Through all the stories there was a constant theme of hope.
These men and women were aware of the passage of time and changes in their lives, but they had a hope that the future was in God’s hands and there was purpose in the things they had experienced. We closed out the evening and welcomed 2014 by holding hands in prayer. The worship shared was a thanksgiving of praise and echoed the promises we have from Scripture. I can’t think of a better way to start a new year!
As we look forward to the coming year take time to reflect on how you will use your time. When we arrive at the end of 2014 what will you share as your most influential moment of the year? I want to encourage you to spend time each day in the Bible and in conversation with God. Don’t be so busy doing things for the Lord that you forget to spend quality time with Him. To that end, I leave you with this poem written by Frances Ridley Havergal in 1874. The title is “A Happy New Year! Ever Such May it Be!” and it beautifully expresses my prayer for you in 2014. Wishing you a blessed year filled with the presence of the Lord! Happy New Year!
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be, in working or in waiting another year with Thee; another year of progress, another year of praise, another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace; another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love; another year of training for holier work above. Another year of dawning, dear Father, let it be, on earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.