Last night was beyond incredible when Urbana ’09 climaxed with approximately 17,000 men and women sharing communion. It was a taste of heaven – men and women representing nations from around the globe celebrating Jesus together. What a way to end 2009 and to ring in the New Year! How did you spend New Year’s eve?
What does God have in store for 2010? Only He knows the details of what the days ahead will bring for the world, for our nation, for our families, and for us as individuals. But this one thing we know for sure: He is with us.
Over and over during the Christmas season, I was reminded of the phrase “Immanuel, God is with us.” This morning, as I read from Matthew 1:23, it came to me again: “…He will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).” No matter what the future holds, we are not alone. Our heavenly Father goes before and behind us. This knowledge brings peace in the face of uncertainty, and it brings confident anticipation for whatever lies ahead.
And so, as the New Year begins, let’s journey together sharing our hopes and dreams, our hurts and disappointments. Let’s encourage each other along the path, laughing and crying and moving forward knowing we’re not walking that path alone. I look forward to sharing my life and lessons with you, and I look forward to hearing what’s happening in your life.
As for me, 2010 begins with a travel day. I’ll be flying from St. Louis to San Fransisco to Seattle…barring snow…and driving home from there. Ought to fall into bed around 1 a.m. tomorrow morning. I’m glad it’ll be Saturday – a sleep-in day.
Know you are loved,