Happy New Year, dear friends!
Our family is back home after a lovely Christmas holiday with a new-to-me working laptop in tow! Hurrah! [And many thanks to my generous brother!]
Another year has ended. Can you believe it? Another chapter in the quick progression of time has closed.
As I look back on 2011, God’s grace and goodness to our family are repeatedly evident: Josh finished law school, passed the bar and started a year-long judicial clerkship. A precious little blessing joined our family and I got to quit my online job and “just” be mom.
Looking forward to 2012, I know that God’s hand will continue to write each of our stories.
It could be brimming with sorrow or bursting with joy. None of us know. But standing at the brink of the year, the future is an adventure shrouded in mystery.
I do know this year holds change for our family. Joshua’s job ends in August and we don’t know what he’ll do next. Part of me is excited as we wait to see how the future unfolds.
Part of me is impatient to know. To know where we will be a year from now. What state we will live in. What job Josh will have. What home we’ll live in.
photo by Sias van Schalkwyk
The New Year’s sermon, from Psalm 90, “the prayer of Moses, the man of God,” reminded me again to put these small changes in their proper light.
Psalm 90 was most likely written near the end of Moses’ life, as he and the children of Israel wandered in the desert.
What were the children of Israel doing? Waiting to die. Except for Caleb and Joshua, all the adults had to die before their children could enter the promised land.
The psalm breathes with the fleeting nature of life. Man is “like a dream” and “like grass” that withers.
There in the desert, the mothers and fathers couldn’t build lovely homes to leave as an inheritance for their children or work hard so they “could enjoy a nice retirement.”
Yet the psalm is full of hope and life. The Lord was their “dwelling place in all generations.”
Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the cares of this world, with home and work and just plain old stuff.
As we begin 2012, may Moses’ prayer become our prayer too:
12 So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
16 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!”