My favorite New Year’s Eve tradition is attending our New Year’s Eve drop-in service. It is not like a typical church service. Rather, it is a time to reflect, anticipate, and allow Him to speak, while hearts are quiet and ready to listen. The first thing to do upon entry, is grab an envelope, blank piece of paper and a pen. Our charge is to write down our reflections about where we have been, and where we hope to go with God, in the coming year. There is a bit more to it than that, but that is the gist. Our pastoral staff then holds our self-addressed, sealed letters, and mails them back to us around Easter. It is truly remarkable to be reminded again of what He has done, and to observe what has come of the new year, thus far. After writing and sealing our note to self, we go forward to a pair that is prepared to pray for us. They wait on Him, and share what the Lord places on their hearts.
As I read the first two chapters of Genesis this morning, what stood out to me, is that after each new thing that God created and called into being, it is followed by the sentence: “And God saw that it was good.” God saw that every single thing that He formed and gave life and breath to, was good. We are His created. He sees us, and calls us good – not because of our behavior, but rather because we are His creation. He loves us with an everlasting love. The very same God who saw that all He had created was good, moves mountains and does the miraculous still today. One of the words that was given to me last evening, was to “look for the miraculous; not necessarily even where I’ve been asking, but to watch for unexpected miracles.” For me, this is a reminder to be full of hope and anticipation, for God is indeed, good. The miraculous takes places all around us every day, but so often it goes unnoticed. I want to embrace this new year with my head up, eyes open, and my heart ready to receive all that He has prepared for me.
eyes ready to see;
all that He has,
miracles for me.
Peace in places,
it’s rarely been found;
to hear heaven’s sound.
What will await,
in this coming year?
Courage to fight,
in the face of fear?
I look ahead,
with heart open wide;
may I receive,
more of You inside.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful and kind, and that You love us with an everlasting love. Thank You that when we call on You, You answer, and that You have good things for Your created, whom You love. Forgive us for being unaware of how mighty You are all around us, and may we be ever aware of the unexpected miracles that are taking place. Help us to embrace Your goodness and grace, so that we may love others, as You love us. May many come to know new life in You. Let Your light shine bright through us, before all. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Beautiful post! Be blessed this year.
Thank you, and you as well! 🙂
Hope the Lord richly blesses you in 2014. Thanks for your upbeat and positive posts!
Thank you, and may your ministry continue to thrive as you so faithfully serve Him! 🙂
Generally speaking I am opposed to New Year’s resolutions. I do love the idea of a clean slate, but I believe we get one of those every day, not only at the first of the year; and while newfangledness promises some sort of redemptive state, I think, if those resolutions are not in made in God, with irregular consistency, everyday, they disappear. All that said, I do LOVE your tradition and wish we had taken part in such an occasion. Something to resolve next year, I suppose. 🙂
Love to you, dear friend, and grateful anticipation for all that He has for us (and sees is Good)!
I am with you on the whole resolution deal. 🙂 Looking forward to each new day with eager anticipation for what God will do – that is my resolve. Some days are easier than others…
Love you too, and you could always come and join me on a New Year’s Eve… Just sayin’… 😉
Yes… I feel inspired anew to look for his goodness and his miracles.
🙂 May they be readily seen in the coming year!
Your church has a great idea. I’m going to use it for my women’s group. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful New Year!
Wonderful! Blessings as you lead your ladies so well! 🙂
What a wonderful idea for spending new year’s eve–and returning your thoughts to you later in the year. Awesome.
It is a blessing for sure! 🙂