Father, I am humbled by Your mercy and grace that has brought me to this place. You have been ever so kind as you have walked me down the path of 2013. Through it all – through every joy, and through every heartache (and Father, there have been many of both), YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL.
You have been my strength when I had none.
You were my feet when I could not walk.
You were my courage when I was fearful.
You were my eyes when I could not see.
You were my friend when I felt lonely.
You were my shield when I felt under attack.
You have been my comfort… and my constant.
Please forgive me for when I have fallen short. Forgive me for my pride, impatience, complaining, and lack of faith… and thank you for loving me through it all. THANK YOU.
While I know that your mercy is new every morning (and not just on the first day of a new year), tonight the year ahead is especially on my mind. You have laid dreams on my heart… desires and hopes and plans, and Father, I really don’t know how it’s all going to come together.
BUT YOU DO.
I understand that as the heavens are higher than the earth, Your ways are better than my ways, and Your thoughts are better than my thoughts. So Father, give me courage as you reveal Your plans to me… and as you refine me for your everlasting purpose.
You know how I need to grow…. grow me, Father.
You know how I need to change… change me, Father.
You know how I need to mature… mature me, Father.
I cling to you with all I have tonight because YOU WHO PROMISED ARE FAITHFUL.
Thank you that you’ve gone before me, that you stand beside me, and that you will be my rear guard when times are tough.
You find a willing servant that is HOPEFUL, BRAVE, and with eyes that are firmly fixed on you.
I love you, Father… with all my heart. And, on this New Year’s Eve, I say thank you for all that has been… and all that will come.
In the precious name of your Son Jesus, Amen.