"... Being confident of this,
that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
There are times and seasons of the year which I hold fast, particularly those from October through December and with the addition of one day in January... that being the First.
There is something about the newness of the calendar which reminds me of awaking early and watching the sun rise from my kitchen window (often with the aroma of coffee brewing). Within it is a promise of good things and new beginnings.
January 1st brings with it a clean slate, with both the good times and the "not so good" of the previous year behind me. A new year to Trust and to have Faith and to "cleave to" (a good old fashioned term) the One who has promised never to "leave me nor forsake me".
The past twelve months have brought quite a lot of brokenness to the world in general as well as to this household. Figuratively (the lightening strike) and in actuality (my husband's broken collar bone). Christmas started out feeling broken this year but ended with joy and delight, a certain sign of restoring peace and joy... all brought about by the affection of people.
As I thought of the news of the world and the nation this past year, it was filled with broken people and places... to such an extinct that I had to refrain from watching the news from time to time. I heard a doctor speaking on a television program recently, saying that we were not made to be inundated with the bad news of the world on a 24/7 basis so stress abounds everywhere.
I'm certain this will continue in this next year. There are two events which will receive a great deal of coverage... the election for the office of U. S. President and the Mayan prophecy concerning destruction in December of 2012. Neither of which will bring peaceful images or words from TV stations.
I've been pondering my word for 2012 for a few weeks now. For years I kept the same word... hope. I needed hope more than anything except faith. Then my word was... create. I still need hope and I plan to create but my ponderings took me just ever so slightly in a different direction.
I kept thinking of the word renew and then ... restore... and finally restoration. That's was it! I want this to be the year of...
In the midst of the broken-ness of the world, only the Lord can offer true restoration... only He, for instance, can restore a soul to new life. He can take what was broken from past years and make them whole again... whether relationships, finances, people, things, ministry, hopes, dreams, or even your walk with Him. He came to restore...
In many ways my new word is a continuation of the last two as hope became create and create becomes restoration. Of course, I'll be pondering more of what this means to me over the weeks. :)
Note: I'm back from my computer break but I may take a little while to merge back into reading and writing online (and I am still way behind in answering e-mails!).
Image: Season of Peace; allposters.com