“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
As we come to the end of 2021, we have a choice.
We can look back at the disappointments. We can complain about the things that went wrong. We can hold on to our worries, fears and insecurities, and carry them with us into the new year.
Or we can focus on the good from an otherwise challenging year. We can remember the laughter, the times with loved ones, and the moments of joy. We can hold fast to faith, to our hope in Jesus, and we can enter 2022 strengthened and secure in our Lord.
There is no doubt 2022 will bring problems. No doubt there will be times of struggle and periods of suffering. No doubt there will be fears and uncertainty, especially as we continue to live in a global pandemic.
However, we also know there will be strength. There will be companionship and love, laughter and faith, joy and grace. And there will be hope because we have Jesus.
There is hope because we know we are never alone. There is hope because God is faithful. There is hope because God is our rock. There is hope because God is always good. There is hope because our God loves us more than we can fathom.
Let’s start this new year with hope. Let’s remember that God is all we need. He is our hope, our strength, our support, our love, our courage. Let us welcome the new year by praising our Heavenly Father.
“O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.”
Psalm 63:1-8 NLT
Our song for today is It Is Well by Kristene DiMarco.