Are you afraid of 2022? Or looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead? Each new year brings with it the freshness of a clean slate, waiting to be filled. Dreams can be realized, goals can be set and achieved. Everyone is given an opportunity to start over and make this year the best ever.
Even as I type this, I say these things more for me than for you. The past two years have changed me, made me cynical and suspicious. I don’t know who to trust and the constant flow of conflicting and often contradictory information makes my head spin.
How do we move past the pandemic and the resulting fallout it created and fight our way back to the people we once were? Do we want to go back? How do we move forward? Especially in states that are still coping with strict mandates and restrictions?
Fortunately for us, we don’t have to face these questions alone. One of the many blessings I received, emerging in spite of the challenges of the pandemic, was a deepening relationship with Jesus.
Turn to His many promises made thousands of years ago, still so very relevant today. Start with this one: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you or forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:16.
Father in Heaven, I give you this year that lies ahead. I trust you Lord, to guide me and direct me. It is my strongest desire to serve you and your purposes and live solidly within your will. I lean on your promises and step out in faith into the plans you have for my life. Thank you for the many blessings I’ve received Father, and for those that are to come. Through the holy name of Jesus, Amen.