We Do Not Hope in a New YearIn Blog, hope, inspiration, Jesus 9 comments
So many hopes for 2013…a bubbling inside of great hope that this year will be the year.
Dreams…that we will meet the goal, find the person, gain the desired.
Hopes…to be better, feel deeper, see the light at the end of last year’s can’t see our hand in front of our face blackest-black tunnel.
But there is nothing magical in a New Year. The calendar pages turning don’t bring a newfound power or formula for success or resistance to heartbreak that in the past, we knew.
We will face hard things this year, just as we did last. We will shed tears and smile and cringe and laugh loud and catch ourselves dreaming and choose whether or not to push them down, this year, again, or allow them to finally surface.
We will dance, if we let ourselves. Hug with strong squeezes instead of quick, patronizing pats. Say things and mean them. Seek to make broken things right.
And our God will be there. Just as He has been in the last year, the year before it, and all the ones that came and went first.
And though present, He will let us choose, again…if we will live in the open space that brings freedom and joy and fullness and yes, hope…or if we will choose comfort and known things and the settling into our same life.
My friends, we do not hope in a new calendar year. We hope in the Always Powerful One who every day of every year has the ability to make all things new.
What He will do in our life this year is a matter of what we ask Him and allow Him to do.
Today, this first day of 2013, I hope with you. But not because it’s a New Year.
Because He is the same God as He was before.
“May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” [Romans 15:13 MSG]
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