The new year approaches. 

And we’re looking sideways at the year that was. 


Planned calendar undone.

Change unexpected.

Grief unwanted.

Up close and personal reminders

of all we do not know. 

All we cannot see.


So we look back and remember.

Acknowledge what took place.

Ask aloud lingering questions.

Then surrender.

Yield every part.

To the Lord.

Resting in the arms of the One who sees.

And knows.



Next, we look ahead. Consider what’s to come.


All we do not to know.

All we cannot see.

Acknowledge fears of the unknown .

Tendencies to hold back from making plans.

That might fall trough.

Then surrender all.

What will take place. What will not.

Trusting the One who see what tomorrow holds.

He knows.


We look back. Look ahead.

And do what we know to do.

Because He said so.

Abide in Christ. Trough prayer. And the Word.

This, daily. It’s the only way.

Ask for and walk in the wisdom and power on the Holy Spirit.

We are foolish to launch out in our own knowledge and strength.

Participate in the Body of Christ.

Fellowship with our brothers and sisters. Encourage and love one

another. Love our enemies. Love.

And go. Go and make disciples of all nations.

Serving our King. Here, there, everywhere.


Father, we’re entering a new year.

We pray that You, the glorious God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would give each of us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. Make us hungry to know You. Teach us Your ways.

We pray that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened so we know daily what is the hope of Your calling. May we overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, for You are the God of hope.

We pray we may know what is the wealth of Your glorious inheritance in the saints, our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are the Body. Member of one another. Differently gifted, we need each other as we seek to do Your will in this world.

We pray that we may know what is the immeasurable greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working of Your strength.

We surrender all we do not know and all we cannot see.

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Susan Lafferty. USA at

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