Scrolling through social media, here are some of the comments I have noticed as the year draws to a close:
That’s all till next year – thank goodness summer’s coming.
Say good bye to December. Hello to giving your January a little boost.
Leave a positive word I can carry into 2018.
If I asked the question ‘What one word describes how you feel as you enter a new year?’ I wonder what you would say? Some of my friends said:
If I’m honest, I have always struggled between Christmas and New Year. The excitement of Christmas has gone with the tree lights and the tinsel. Now the cold, dark nights of the long month of January loom ahead. I remember at school writing a poem about this time of year and visualising it as a snowy field – untrodden, white, unknown. The poem didn’t impress my teacher – but the sentiments described how I felt.
So we may be happy or hopeful or anxious or fearful – and we may have good reasons to be all of those things in the course of this New Year.
What a relief, then, that our adventure into 2018 does not depend on our feelings. The Christ-child we have just celebrated at Christmas was the One whose coming changed everything for us. He is Emmanuel – God with us. Pause and think about that for a moment. Let the wonder of it soak into your soul. God is with us.
GOD is with us.
God IS with us.
God is WITH us.
God is with US.
Paul Tripp, in his devotional ‘Come let us adore him’, says this: ‘My prayer is that as you live with the glory of a birth-of-Jesus mentality, it will cause you to carry with you the security of a child-of-God identity’.
That truth is what provides the security I need as I step into 2018, regardless of my feelings.
Happy New Year!
God is with us!