Read Psalm 148.
This year has been difficult for many of us. In between the “new normal” we must adapt to, the losses we have experienced, and the yearning for what was, we find ourselves exhausted and longing for the new year and what it will bring. Are we there yet? It feels as if the days have slowed down and we just can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Good news… We have made it! We are in the final stretch! The last mile of the marathon we have been running.
Before we end this race, I want you to join me in thinking of all the good, and all the times we saw God in the midst of the uncertainty, exhaustion, and changes this year brought us. Praise God! For He has been with us throughout it all. He cheers us on from the sidelines, He hands us water when we need to calm our thirst, He carries us when we feel like we can no longer run this race. Glory be to God for sustaining us during our trials and giving us hope and strength to carry on!
Dear God, as this year comes to an end we lift our praise to you. Thank you for being our light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for giving us the strength to get to the finish line. We praise you for everything you did for us this year and what you already have in store for us next year. Help us continue to praise you at all times and for all things. Praise be to God! Amen.
Monika Ruiz Garcia
UKirk at Schreiner