The celebrations are over, well apart from the obligatory New Year’s Day meal with the family. The big build up to Christmas: the organising, the shopping, wrapping, budgeting, cooking, cleaning and hosting is over…

A messy house reveals so many things.

The drooping tree laden with ornaments reveal it’s lack of water and how children have played with tinsel and bows… How pert and proud it stood at the beginning of December, almost standing to attention as the celebration of the birth of Christ was to come.

Cups and glasses, reveal a time of merriment and joy as little ones and older ones partied and worshipped together to celebrate a new beginning. What will 2013 mean for each of us in the house? So many exciting plans and yet we know, all-too-well, that life doesn’t always conform to our plan!

If we lunge into 2013 determined to do this or that without considering His will, then we are walking as lone rangers; why would you want to walk alone when you can have a companion in the Holy Spirit?

Let’s face it, none of us know who will be with us at Christmas 2013, even the youngest among our families are not immune from death – look at those families who lost children in Connecticut… And closer to home, the news of children dying in accidents even on Christmas day, brings a reminder that death is not just for the old or sick. We are a dying world, it sounds odd to be reminded of death on New Years Day but we are a day closer to meeting God than we were yesterday and tomorrow, should we be granted breath, we will be even closer!!

As we begin a new year, purpose to joyfully live out your salvation, remembering that our lives are not our own. We belong to Him who purchased us with His blood, through His blood we have life eternal.

Stuart Townend writes:

All my days I will sing this song of gladness
Give my praise to the fountain of delights
For in my helplessness, you heard my cry
And waves of mercy poured down on my life.

Remembering and meditating on God’s mercy will cause us to be grateful to our Saviour, the risen from the dead… He is the way, the Truth and the Life!

Beautiful Savior, wonderful counselor
Clothed in majesty, Lord of history
You’re the way, the truth and the life
Star of the mornin, glorious in holiness
You’re the risen one, heaven’s champion
And you reign, you reign over all.

All great parties come to an end, the party is over, life continues and my prayer for this New Year is that Jesus will be my ever-present help in times of trouble, that He would transform me more and more into His likeness, less of me and more of Him – and if you don’t know Him, let me just say He is wonderful! I pray that He would bring revival to our nation, that by His Spirit He would visit us and transform the hearts of men, women and children into faithful servants…

Pray, pray, pray. Make 2013 a year of prayer because at the end of the year, the only thing that is sure to be there is God. He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.

May He bless you as you diligently seek Him and may He forgive us all our sin.

Shine brightly