Hello, 2021. Goodbye, 2020.
As difficult as goodbyes often are, I know a lot of people are thrilled to wave farewell to 2020. But was it really that bad? Were there no blessings given to us in this chaotic and uncertain year now past?
As we face the dawn of a new year, I encourage each of us to pause and reflect on the gifts God gave us over the past 12 months. He does not hide His blessings, or ask us to search and scavenge for them. They are visible, often tangible, and they are great.
For example, as I sit writing this in the early morning hours of December 31, the skies outside are gloomy, and the day promises to be filled with clouds and threats of rain. Yet, in spite of the unfavorable weather, a bird sings in the tree, praising God for a new day and reminding me that He is great even in the midst of the rain (both literal and figurative).
This is only one tiny blessing. How many more have there been over the past 366 days? Before we embark on the journey of 2021, let us take time to remember, reflect, and rejoice in 2020. Through it all, God was always sovereign, always good, always merciful, and always on His throne.
Well, believe it or not, the time has come for you to enjoy the very first week in review of 2021, recapping the final week of 2020 (kind of):
- These stories are so sad.
- It’s only been a week since Christmas, so there are still some holiday-focused articles to share. This one discusses what we can learn from the Magi.
- On Christ-centered friendship.
- Such a beautiful photo!
- This is my favorite Christmas carol.
- This might be my second favorite.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- I may try this Bible reading plan in 2021.
- Thoughts on Israel and the Church.
- I always love the Lego replays of Packers games!
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,The Valley of Vision
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.