Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017, good riddance, “adieu to you and you and you.” While hanging out in my mom’s retirement home on December 30th, we tried to watch the year in review highlights on t.v. and turned it off after a few minutes. Too much terrorism, too many tweets, too much Trump, all in all too many “t” words. Welcome 2018! God, we are asking for a better year for our country, our world, those we love and those we haven’t met yet.
Despite ice-olating cold temperatures ringing in the new year there’s a freshness to opening up these first days of January. What will God do this year? How will we respond? What will we initiate? My husband and I spent New Years Day tucked by the fire reviewing our 2017 journals and taking stock of all that happened last year. Without those journals many details of the year vanished, forgotten in a haze of busyness, comings and goings and overall drama. If you didn’t work through a journal in 2017 try it this year and open up New Years Day with a thankful commitment to “Forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103:2.