As we bring in the new year, I’ve been thinking on the New Year ahead and wondering what is in store for us. Today is a great day to give thanks to God for the past year and, if it was a particularly hard one for you, then thanks that it is over and we get a fresh start. The church flipped its calendar with the First Sunday of Advent, November 29th this year. It is interesting that the Church is a leader in this respect. We started the New Church Year, preparing for the Second Advent, Christ’s Coming great glory and majesty, with power, yet unseen by man. The power that created all we see was unseen. The power of His coming to Earth in the events surrounding His Nativity were visible to many, including angels, shepherds and those looking to the heavens for direction.
The Incarnation, His taking on flesh, coming to us, to live and die for us, giving us eternal life, either with Him or without (it is your choice), is an Epiphany. He was made manifest! We will celebrate that on the 12th Night of Christmas, January 6, 20010. Has He been present to you this year, this Advent and Christmastide? If not, seek Him as the Wise men did those many years ago. Look for the signs in the heavens, in the lives of friends and family. His presence is still strongly to us this day. Be still and know…that He is God!
I pray that this year we all slow down, stop look and listen for God’s wisdom. The Kingdom is nigh at hand. What say you about the Kingdom? Have you seen the glory? Do you want to see it?
What are your desires, plans and prayers for the New Year?