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“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day
with no mistakes in it yet?” 

~ L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

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This is a hopeful thought as I sit to write on this quiet, blue morning before the world begins to spin faster and dictate my day.  In some ways last year was a challenging one for Dana and I (and for some of you, too) and sometimes it’s easier to believe that our mistakes lie in wait for us in the next day or the next year.

 

To some extent this is true; we all bare the imprint of our fallen parents and to walk without error is not possible.  But to walk without hope is the domain of those who have not seen the glory of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

In studying the Good Shepherd of John 10 this year, I have come to see I would be an empty wanderer in this world and without a true home if Jesus were not my Shepherd.  As a good shepherd, He carefully goes before me and calls me by name.  He is lovingly leading Dana and I where we may learn of Him and learn his voice – through Valleys of Despair, Sloughs of Despondency, Shadows of Death, Doubting Castles, and Vanity Fairs; and He will surely lead us in our last days through the great River and safely to His Celestial City.  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6).

 

Although I may bring my own mistakes with me, I know that which befalls me in this new year is no mistake… I am being led.  For those of us who hear the voice of the Shepherd, this is a comforting thought indeed as we enter the unknown of 2017.

If this is not your prospect in the new year, Jesus declares to you: “I am the door.   If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture… I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:9, 14).

 

 

May this peace be yours in 2017.

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sunrise on snowy field
Just sending this down the path.  It’s so worthy.  Ravi Zacharias‘ posted this New Year’s prayer of consecration this morning by Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879).  Sing it to Samuel Sebastian Wesley‘s tune, “The Church’s One Foundation. ”

Dear Father, let it be…

“Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.”

                                                          — Frances Havergal (1874)

[Thanks, Dana, for helping me to find this.]

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winter sunrise I

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  This was the quote from a handmade gift my youngest daughter framed for me this Christmas.

After reading this, I was reminded of all the dog-earred pages I have in our family’s copy of Anne of Green Gables and how much I love, not only the story of this undaunted heroine, but also Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ability to cause me to wonder with delight at this world…something of which I do far too little.  I remarked to Courtney what a beautiful person Lucy Montgomery must have been to be able to see the world in the way her “Anne with an e” describes it to us.

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” Anne exclaims to her staid guardian, Marilla.  It seems a fitting sentiment as we now enter our new year 2013.  Isn’t it nice to think of this new year with no mistakes in it yet?

Who knows what all those little blank calendar squares will contain this year?  Certainly our share of mistakes and our share of challenges.  Perhaps great sorrows?  Hopefully a good smattering of delight and joy.  Whatever may come, we who wait for the LORD may confidently greet each new day afresh with no mistakes in it, knowing God’s mercies are new for us every morning of the year ahead; yes, surely every morning we walk this earth.

And aren’t we glad we live in such a world?

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

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