“… and a happy new year.”

Christmas is over. I feel like Christmas comes like a tornado every year, and when it leaves, we end up staring at it in awe as it fades into the distance. Now we are left to pick up the pieces of the storm. To move on, and in five days prepare our hearts for the prospect of a new year. December fades into the distance with all its chaos and dark clouds, and January begins with a clean and bright beginning.

I need a new start. I need a new year. This year has been hard, and I’m so ready for this storm to be over. Does it every go away? Or do we just have to try and find the sun through the dark clouds and constant rainfall? Maybe we will never clearly see it, but we must still believe that it is there, and just by imagining it feel the warmth of its power and light despite the circumstances surrounding us, and the Sun’s seeming absence.

Father, fill this new year with Your presence. Help me to see You through the clouds of doubt and fear. Give me the strength to be brave. Show me Your truth, and give me discernment about how to share it led by Your Spirit. I want to see You, God. I want to hear Your voice. Show me who You are through Your Word. Give peace and purpose to my friends and family as we enter into a new season. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

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