It’s New Year’s Eve. In some ways it seems arbitrary that today is a significant marker of time. It is a day like any other.
But we have made it a day to reflect, to review the days gone by, to evaluate where we are on a road marked with a few defining moments, but mostly ordinary ones. And we also get ready to turn the page on a new year. And, truth is, we long for the fresh start. We yearn to open our eyes to the new mercies.
I think about the events of the year just lived–the way the world opened up for my oldest daughter as she traveled on a mission trip to Africa.
Though certainly the year for us has been filled with measures of joy and sorrow, I offer a prayer of humble thanks for every good and perfect gift that has come from my Father’s hand. In the beautiful things, I see His wisdom. In the quiet moments, I take joy in the sweetness of His presence. In the laughter at the table, I am filled up with the measure of His kindness. In the hard things, I long for all to be made right at His coming.
Yes, “I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:18