The word God gave me for 2006 was "courage." I took some risks and some paid off. I wasn't nearly as courageous as I should have or could have been, but I made some progress. Got a bit out of my introvert's comfort zone. I have a great deal more to do. I continue with an excess of reclusiveness.
I don't know if it will continue to be my word for 2007 or if a new word is on its way to me. I am listening.
We welcomed one new baby into the family in 2006. Hello, Ashley (aka "Lucky").
I still ache terribly from the loss of my mother in 2004, and I am resigned to the fact that some pains never leave and some tears never stop flowing. I send up messages to Heaven for them weekly or so, and hope that God lets them know love really doesn't die in the human hearts of their children. So, another year without Mami and Papi present in body, but very much alive in memory and spirit.
I want to thank all the new online pals and acquaintances I have made in 2006 for being part of my e-life (and life, too). Some of you have become very special to me.
To all who come by today or tomorrow to this blog o' mine, please accept my hope, wish, and prayer that 2007 will be a beautiful and blessed year for all of you. I wish and hope and pray it be so for me and mine. May the whole world see a bit more peace and health and love in 2007. May we each add to what's good and not bad.
And may hurricanes stay way far from all of us. Let them fizzle out in the ocean. :)
New Year's Eve and Day inevitably turn my thoughts to Jesus, who is the beginning and the end, alpha and omega. Today, 2006 ends. Tomorrow, 2007 begins. But He is Lord of every day of every year through ever century and millenia. He is always there, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8)
If you have a favorite Scripture that speaks to the spirit of the New Year's holiday, post it in comments. I'd love to read it.
Here's one passage of Scripture that contains my favorite verse (Rev 21:4). It's part of my daily hope for the ultimate redemption of the Earth and universe. It speaks of a new beginning, which is why it fits this day's theme:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.