I think we need to go back to Watchnight. Late night services for Christians to review the year that has passed and make confession, and then prepare for the year ahead through prayer and resolutions. For many, this also carries a liberation component. Being set free. In remembrance of the African American congregants gathering December 31, 1862, expectantly waiting confirmation of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
That all seems particularly appropriate to reflect on this season, as 2021 has remained a year of great change and worldwide unrest. Avalyn starting Second Grade. Jude starting Pre-K. Jamie starting the Be the Bridge group with Carmen. I started singing on the praise team and with the Cummins' Diversity Choir. The store closed.
It has been a marvelous time in seeing God's faithfulness, his provision, and his care.
As we all start to prepare for countdowns, for closure, for change, for the ringing out of the old and in with the new, I pray you all have a safe and wonderful night. I pray you have time to reflect on what you've been brought through, and to recognize if nothing else, how you survived. To recognize those that have pulled you through or been right there beside you.
To those who have continued to read through this second year of posts, thank you. It means more than you can imagine.
To all, have a great night! May it be safe and blessed and may your transition into this new year, into the new bring everything. Highs and lows, joy and tears. But through it all, may it bring love, kindness, generosity, and grace.