How shall we enter the new year? For most of us, it is not an either/or, black/white, this road/that road clear choice. We enter filled with great expectations and a touch of worry. We enter with a bundle of hope and a measure of doubt; a bold new plan and a few details not yet conceived. We are a mixture of past and future, abundant joy and lingering sorrow. We strive to be fully alive and awake each day without any guarantees. Except, we do not travel alone. Christmas is the sign and the promise that God has bent low to be with us.
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Don’t fear, because I am with you;
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you
with my righteous strong hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me wisdom to learn from the blessings, stresses, and sorrows of all that lies behind, and give me the strength and hope to press on to what lies ahead.
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New Year’s Day
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