2015 is here--a new year.
Many start each new year with fresh hope and vigor for changes they want to see occur in their lives or the lives of loved ones. We step into this first day of January each year with hearts wide open and eyes expectant for good things, for prosperity, growth, forward movement. And, for many of us, this new year will hold some of that. For some of us, 2015 will be a banner year, a year worth celebrating, sharing and recalling for all of time. For some of us, we are going to come to the end of 2015 (it will happen), and we'll bid it "good riddance." It is most probable, however, that for all of us, 2015 will hold a mixture of both. Just like 2014, '13, '12 and all years past, life will bring circumstances that thrill us and fulfill us, but it could also bring us events that dash dreams and send sucker punches.
For all of us, in whatever 2015 brings,
Whether it be suffering or success,
Blessing upon blessing or
Burden heaped upon burden,
Whether you fall prey to the hands of injustice
Or gain ground in making peace in relationships.
Whether God answers your heart's cry with a solid, "Yes," "Wait a little longer," or even a, "No,"
Whether you greet each morning with cheer
Or end each day in sorrow,
Call to mind what God says is true of you and Him in Isaiah 43:
"You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am Lord, and besides me there is no Savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses," declares the Lord," and I am God. Also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?"