With God

Lord,

I praise you and bless you

for small steps,

new beginnings,

fresh hope,

winds of change,

assurance that you’re with me,

and you faithfully guide me

through every transition,

every season,

your hand holding mine,

and I am safe and ok.

Hem me in,

keep me close to you,

pour out your grace

that my heart would ever cling to you.

Direct my steps,

to walk with yours

not lagging behind,

not rushing ahead,

and to always enjoy,

the gift of the present,

your presence,

to know and love you

today and always.

Amen.

Hope In The New

Abba,

thank you for seasons passed,

your love that called,

your hand that carried me,

your wisdom that brought forth gold

from all of life being lived,

the hard, the painful, and the good,

your power restores, redeems all things.

Because of you,

I cherish hope for what’s in store.

In between,

yesterday and tomorrow,

here and now,

you are with me,

in every step

my past being redeemed,

my future being built,

on the sure foundations of your love,

mercy, and grace.

I embrace another new beginning,

reminded of your grace

that makes all things new,

again and every moment,

and I move forward boldly

because you are with me,

you are my Lord and my God,

and those who wait upon you,

will never be put to shame.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Reflections

Lord,

as I look back,

memories surfacing,

thoughts, feelings,

people, places,

ghosts and wisps of the past,

reflecting my face,

who I was,

regrets, questions,

passing joys,

disappointments, pain,

gratitude,

faith, hope,

making me who I am today,

I ask you Spirit,

to illuminate my heart,

reflect on this past year,

and show me what you see.

Hold my hand,

and take me on a journey,

to see your silver thread,

weaving in and out throughout my memories,

so that I won’t miss you,

or miss what you are doing,

where you are leading.

Weave your vision in my heart,

along with faith, hope,

courage and love,

guide me into my tomorrow,

and let my footsteps fall

in step with your melody and rhythm,

so that when another year passes,

I’ll look in my reflection,

and see more of you,

and less of me.

Amen.

Hope For 2021

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Abba,

I praise you for new beginnings.

I step into 2021,

my eyes fixed on you,

my hand in your hand,

trusting and resting in you,

hoping and anticipating your move.

Ready me, heal me, prepare me for my work,

that you’ve already established for my hands uniquely.

Set me in the places of belonging

where you’d shine your light through me.

Grant me your wisdom and vision,

a boundaried life,

prioritized by your heart and purposes.

Mold me and make me ready and fit

to be your soldier and your light,

to love you and love others

in the way you’ve purposed me for.

And I pray all the glory would be yours,

that my deepest delight would be to please you,

and 2021

I will live solely for the audience of One.

I praise you God, and for all you will do.

Amen.

The End Of 2020

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Father,

I praise you for your strong hand,

your outstretched arm

that plucked me out of my race to the grave

and eternity in darkness from you.

You have held me close,

disciplined me in the shelter of your wings,

given me rest in your mighty shadow.

I praise you for your mighty work of redemption,

your quieting and shaking of my soul,

your comfort, healing, and redemption,

your work, power, and spirit

in the quiet turbulence of a soul locked down, locked in.

I praise you for all you’ve done this year,

drawing me closer to you,

gracing me with repentance,

and enabling me to come, bow my knee to your Son,

to know Him as the Way, the Truth, the Light,

King of Kings, Lord of Lords.

Thank you for a year of shaking, healing, and light.

I bless your name.

Amen.