Devotion and Prayer for Week of January 8, 2012

Meditation for the week beginning January 8, 2012

A New Year – A New Beginning

 

As I sit here writing this article, a light dusting of fresh snow has fallen and the scenes outside of my window are dressed in brilliant, dazzling white.  We all tend to associate this white brightness, with purity, goodness, newness.  And so it is that as I look over the snow covered houses, trees, fields, and bushes that I am reminded of the goodness of God and how he promises us new life.  Not only new life in the spring which will follow the winter snows, but the new life that was promised to us in the events of Christmas.  Our savior, Jesus Christ, came down from heaven born of a virgin, born to die to forgive our sins.  He was destined to rise from the dead to give us the promise of new life, eternal life with Jesus.  So as I sit here thinking about shoveling I take heart that Spring will be here soon enough.

 

Now as you sit here reading this article, a new year has begun.  And is often the case we are reminded that as the calendar flips over from one year to the next, that there is the chance for a new beginning.  The winter weather helps us to visualize that idea of new life or a new beginning.  And so many of us greet this new year with a new resolve to do things differently and maybe even better. Many times these resolves take the form of losing a few extra pounds, exercising more, developing more patience and things such as these.

 

I would like to offer two suggestions for each of us as we enter 2012.  The first has to do with our own individual Christian walk.  This advice is not original but comes from the movie, “Godspell.” There is one song in the movie that gives some resolves that are appropriate for a new beginning of faith in a new year. In the song, ‘Day by Day’ the singer prays for three things to take place in her life and her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She prays that she may resolve to:

To See Jesus more clearly.

To Love Jesus more dearly.

To Follow Jesus more nearly.

 I think if we worked hard on these resolves that we would be surprised about how many of our earthly concerns and resolves would fall into place.  Our most important relationship is our relationship with our Lord and Savior and other things just seem to work out better when that primary relationship is improved.

 

The second suggestion I have for all of us is to ask ourselves how we can better serve Jesus where we are at this time in our lives.  How do we fit into the plans God has for us?  What new beginnings will we make, what resolves and changes will be our responsibility? Each and every day is blank canvass from God and it is up to us the picture we will paint. May God strengthen you for each and every day!

Weekly Prayer

 Arise, my soul, and shine, for the Light, the Savior Jesus Christ has come to us and the glory of the Lord has risen up each of us.  Lord may I never forget the blessings which you have so abundantly given me. Help me to have a fervent love for the souls of all my fellow men and women so that I may share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  You have shown us the way, the truth and the life, now help me to see You more clearly, to love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly. Amen