Monthly Archives: January 2012

Looking Forward

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Psalm 90:1&2

As a family we started the New Year reading and reflecting on Psalm 90.

In brief, it reminds us of the character of God and of our own condition. These truths, without intervention are incompatible. God’s holiness and our brokenness don’t match.

Then the Psalmist (Moses)  calls for God’s compassion. We know that compassion came in the person of Christ. And the Psalmist adds, in that love “establish” the work of our hands. In other words, give our lives direction and meaning, purpose and vision.

In a confused and lost world, may our lives have direction and meaning in 2012 so that as the hands and feet of Christ our presence may make an eternal difference to people around us.

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Waking Up In A New Year

After partying
eating and drinking,
and after the hugs
and good wishes
I went to bed.
When I woke
the feeling of unrestrained joy
was tempered.
This was another year,
there would be pain and loss
as well as joy and laughter.
Frustration and failure
would sit beside
success and satisfaction.
Self doubt and confidence
would still play
ping pong in the soul.
 
Lord,
Carry me another year,
through the good and the bad.
Urge me, once again,
to walk a path
that honours You.
Teach me anew,
of your greatness and love.
In the darker moments
gently take my face in your hands
and call me, “My child.”
Then, and only then
can I make my tentative steps
once again.
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