It seems so poignant somehow on the last days of the year as we look back to all that was thinking of and thanking Him for all that He has done -then stand on the threshold of a brand new year, these first precious days filled with hope as we turn our gaze ahead to all that is to come. For us here at Divine Exchange as we look back over this past year our hearts are filled with thanksgiving for each one of you and the blessing that it has been to walk together with Him this past year.
We have had the privilege of standing with some amazing men and women who are serving God in many areas of culture and impact for the King and for His Kingdom. We have had the privilege of serving with an amazing team of men and women who have served so well in that place of prayer.
This morning at our house here in Northern Vermont we are surrounded by robins. A very rare sight in December and a treat to see along with the cardinals and bluejays. I have been giving thanks to God this morning for the year that was, thinking of you and carrying each of you in my heart today with great thanksgiving. I have been praying blessings ahead for you as well – sending grace into the days to come, spiritual blessings, favour and strength.
Perhaps the robins today represent the new season as we so often see them as a sign that spring is here. Though in the natural winter is all around, in Him and with Him, a new season and a new year begins! We pray that it will be one where we will hear His call to come away with Him, to rest and lean upon Him, to dwell in His house at the banqueting table He has prepared for us receiving His protection, provision and His comfort. A season of being sustained, refreshed and embraced by His hand, sheltered in the cleft of the rock, surrounded by the sound of His voice. Seeing His lovely face more clearly, hearing His sweet voice as never before, and walking with Him in perfect harmony and rightness of step in ways that would astound and surprise us. (Song of Solomon 2)
We pray blessings ahead for all. Blessings to rise up and meet you in every day and in the most amazing ways in 2012. We pray that at the end of the year we can look back and see His hand of blessing, His gracious and tender care, His bountiful provision. That we can and will proclaim with great joy over our homes, our lives and our families – surely the Lord is in this place! We know every day will be filled with signs of His goodness and His grace and His mercies will be new each day. Because of Who He is, with great confidence we can declare that we will see His great kindness and love, His steadfast faithfulness and His hand of blessing over all.
Thank you again for who you are, for all you do. We stand with you, walk beside you, and pray to prepare the way for promises fulfilled. May His great love and grace go ahead of you as we see His Kingdom come, His will be done, His government established and His great Name glorified in all the earth!
Happiest of New Years to you!