Asking God for guidance in the year ahead
How do you prepare for the New Year? Depending on our family traditions, culture and perspective, the answer to this question will vary from person to person.
As a child, my family spent New Year’s Eve at church. Five minutes to midnight, our pastor would ask the congregation to make a circle and hold hands for prayer. This was a circle of love, unity and strength. The prayer was then followed by celebration as we offered one another God’s blessings for the New Year.
Though I do not attend my home church on this holiday anymore, this childhood tradition has influenced my present-day preparation for the New Year. During the year’s final week, I spend time reflecting on what I have accomplished thus far. I offer thanks for all that God has provided me with and ask for his guidance in my journey to come.
Not only do I show my gratitude, but I also repent. It is important that we turn to God for forgiveness for our wrongs. By releasing any regrets or unproductive thoughts, we are able to replenish our mind. And after I feel refreshed, I develop goals for the New Year. This process helps me to focus spiritually for the journey ahead.
While the years may go by quickly, the never fading presence of God lets us know that His goodness will always be with us. The Scripture teaches us, “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” How do you prepare for the New Year? Please share with us.
Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and for helping us through this past year. Guide and empower us to fulfill our purpose in the New Year.