The Old Has Passed, the New Has Come

“Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.”  

                                                                      (Deck the Halls)

2023 is over, done, gone! If you’re like me, you’re wondering where it went. I’m finding it true that, as I become older, time passes more quickly. During childhood and into young adulthood, 2023 was a long time in the future. Now, it’s in the past.

During 2023, Frank and I celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary and enjoyed the opportunity to gather with family members and friends who took the time to attend the party our children planned for us. A trip to Kentucky with our daughter’s family to visit three museums fulfilled a many years’ desire. The publication of Her Heart’s Longing, the third book in The Three Sisters Series, achieved one of my long-desired goals.

       

2023 also brought health, family, and financial challenges. But God has been good to us. I pray that if you have suffered pain and loss in the past year, you will discover God’s comfort and peace are available to you.

For the past several years, I’ve chosen a word for the year. Last year the word was “consistent.” In relation to my writing, I wanted to become more reliable and regular in writing blogs, sending out newsletters, learning to market my books, and becoming more productive as a writer. I think I did well until September, when my inspiration tanked. Through prayer and perseverance, it’s beginning to build up again. I’m still working on being consistent.

Steadfast is my chosen word for 2024. It means to be firm and unwavering.

The world today is becoming a more spiritually dark place. The light of God’s truth as revealed in His Word and through Jesus Christ is being overshadowed by the enemy’s lies and evil. As a Christian, I want to be steadfast, firm, and unwavering, trusting in and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ in the face of challenges.

                 Psalm 112:8 “He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

In my daily life and in my writing life, by God’s grace and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will remain faithful to Him.

                   I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always

                 abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Jesus called Himself the Light of the World (John 8:12). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called His followers the light of the world (Matthew 5:14-16) whose deeds should glorify God. (See also John 1:4,5).

Reflection

And God said, “Let there be light.”

The Light shone in darkness, but the dark could not see.

The darkness is so very…dark.

God said, “Let your light shine that others may see.”

But I am afraid, I cannot see,

I am only one small me.

I don’t know the way.

God said, “Trust Me.”

You are my Light, Your Word Lights my way,

And I a small candle, a flicker of light.

I am Your light, a tiny reflection of You,

But perhaps enough to shine through the dark

To lead another soul to You.