I want to wish you safe celebrations tonight. It is natural for us to look back on this year and to set resolutions for the coming year. My prayer is that you do not dwell on the negative events of the past for they are the stepping stones on which you firmly planted your feet to get to the next level. For those who have endured tough times, remember that for each cry of, “I don’t know how I’ll get through this”…your prayer was heard and answered. For here you are – in this space and in this time – you are here and you are loved by a God that is greater than our biggest, creative imagination.
As we enter the New Year may we cross the threshold knowing our living Lord just a little bit more than we did this time one year ago. May we look forward to all that our Lord has in store for us and may we even now marvel at the miraculous escape routes He has planned for us when things get frustrating, tiring, and scary.
May you feel in your heart and mind and, yes, even in every step of your feet, that Jesus is indeed your great advocate to the Father. When we turn our eyes from Him with our thoughts, words, or deeds, may we take comfort in knowing that Jesus is the one saying to His Father, “extend your mercy upon this dear one…I know him and he knows me and I can vouch for his heart”.
It is my joy and my pleasure and a blessing to my spirit that you and I are companions on this journey. Let us all grab hands and step in to 2014 and always remember we are in this together. God Bless you.