Today is the day to reflect, to dream, to pause. It is the day to recount God’s blessings and lay down our pride; to mark out our plans for the future yet savor our memories of the past. In the waking moments of 2021, the future is unknown, crisp and fresh. It may be full of sorrow, it may be full of joy but the promise remains the same:
“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
That’s our God…Emmanual….the God who is with us. Always. To the very end.
May you feel the presence of God with you! May you invite Him in to each of your days. May you adventure with Emmanuel for He is with you! Happy New Year! Happy New Start! Happy New Day of hope, blessing, mercy, grace and divine presence. May you feel His love envelop you as you start your year afresh!
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.