What a year! Actually, I was looking at the month of December on the calendar and thinking --OMG, how'd I do that!? I had three interviews, preaching gigs, jail chaplaincy, showed the house seven times, twice more while away on interview --and the whole mess of every day life.
--and it's all to the good. The whole year --all to the good. Even the really, really hard parts, --rampant with sin and brokenness... I see redemption on the hoof. And we are tasting the New Year with the tip of our tongues and liking it! A lot!
God is Good. This little bit o' scripture leaped off the page:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”
In that light, I have no New Year's resolutions except Lord, your will be done... God willing, we will live and do this or that... like move, begin work in a new and distant place and join the good people there in ministry, whatever shape and form that may be. And in the small places between those tasks, love the ol' man, pray for all y'all, and undertake to care for this ol' body which is the only way I can come to know and love and participate in life.
Which is not to forget the little dog, either! --who sleeps this morning with one paw tucked under his chin and the other leg stretched out straight enough to reach for the stars....
There we are. If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that! Happy New Year everybody!