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As last year is enveloped by the unknown of 365 untouched tomorrows, images of unspoiled beauty flit through my mind. The petals of a flower unfurling beneath the sun. A freshly birthed baby’s lusty mewling as his lungs exhale for the first time. The lingering scent of rain after summer’s introductory thunderstorm.

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Newness invites hope and promise; a new year is no different.

We celebrate it with fanfare and fireworks, Times Square tributes, and resolutions to live intentionally well. But, even the most beautiful of new things can lose their luster. Newborns wail from morning till night. Flowers wither in a summer drought. Hail tramples the tender shoot.

In the same way, anticipation of a New Year can be lost somewhere between the everyday of work and worry. Expectation and exhaustion. Unrealized desires and actuality. We may face ill health, broken relationships, or aching hearts as the year progresses.

When those times arrive, what are we to do? Will hope fall from us like the tinted leaves of autumn’s trees? Will we deny ever believing in the promises of an unforged year?

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Even if the worst happens in your life or mine, we can trust the creator of days. The One who orchestrates the turning of time. Our hope doesn’t exist within the squares of an unmarked calendar, but in Him who has given us “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (NIV-1 Peter 1:3).

The Message version reads, “We’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all…”

While we might raise our glasses to toast the New Year, how much more should we raise our hands and voices toward heaven? All of the promises that belong to our future began the day we became new in Christ. We have only begun to live them out. To experience His grace. To understand His love.

Be encouraged, daughter of God. Not only will your Father in heaven take care of you in 2019, but He will attend to your needs for eternity.

Father, we surrender the coming days of 2019 to you. We trust you with the unknown of our tomorrows as we trust you with eternity. May we honor you with the time you’ve given us here on earth as we look forward to 

Peace, grace, and happy New Year,                                                                                                    Tammy

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Inspire Me Monday, Literacy Musing Mondays, and, Dance with Jesus

 

 

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I read the child’s name and my throat constricts.  The words seem detached from the page and I wish I could wrap my hand around each letter–crushing the message they bear.  Dead.  Eight year old.  Mother attempted to revive.

Pausing, I think of my own children and something like guilt washes over me.  My children have been spared death.  They have escaped from the clasp of pneumonia…the rebellious actions of desperate youth…and the threat of childhood illness.  My daughter survived when she was resuscitated–and the memory of unmatched pain still lingers within.  And my heart aches for this mother.

Then, I think of the little boy–thin and frail when I knew him as a preschooler–and marvel at the way God used him to touch the lives of so many.  On Christmas Day, the boy drewMP900438983 his final breath.  And because of that boy several other children received an unimaginable Christmas gift–the gift of hope.

A blind child awakened to the colors of an undiscovered world while another now touches tender flesh marred by stiches–proof that much had been sacrificed for hope.

And my thoughts are of the boy–and of Hope.  The one who fully restores the brokenhearted mother…the dying child…the blind and desperate.  And I Ask for the grace to accept Hope’s promise for today.

 

Scripture for Reflection

“Put your hope in God and know real blessing.” Psalm 146:3-9 MSG

“Blessed are those…who have made The Lord their hope and confidence.” Jer. 17:7

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