Why I want to breathe in the New Year

A week before Christmas I stopped. Or rather I was stopped, called up short, forced to face some facts I would have preferred to ignore. In my anything-but-quiet heart, I began to connect the dots over the past few months, beginning with a couple unexpected changes I hadn’t seen coming, health issues I had overlooked, and a disappointment that seemed to have come from nowhere. As I stewed in the mess that now seemed so obvious, passions tugged at my mind and heart till they seemed to be nothing more than punching bags. Layer after layer of painful memories surfaced, hurts ignored, forgiveness never offered, losses never acknowledged.

It was time to stop and breathe.

At the end of a year, the events of the past twelve months can tug at the edges of memory with a demand for our awareness. If they are too painful, we are too busy, or issues are too complex, these situations and events will settle down uneasily, but they will never go away. Facing them gently, as we are able, or when the Holy Spirit raises them to our awareness, brings peace. This gentle encounter with truth can help us relax, release our anxiety, settle our passionate demands, and let us hear the voice of our King and Savior Jesus.

I’m breathing in the New Year 2019, so I can hand over to Jesus all the ways I’ve disappointed myself and others and calmly settle every unmet expectation.

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus leads you into this newness. He walks beside you, he holds you in his arms, he welcomes with the kiss bestowed by the Father on his Prodigal Son. Take a deep breath. Believe.

As the hours wane on this past year, allow all your worries and pains to sift slowly into his Heart. There they will be lost forever in the fires of his Mercy.

And there begin 2019 with a heart made new by his Love.

2 thoughts on “Why I want to breathe in the New Year

  1. Thank you for sharing and I can tell you that I understand exactly what you are saying. Wanting to start this New Year surrendering it all to Jesus and letting go of the past hurts and anxieties. Living each moment in thanksgiving and prayers for all the amazing gifts and graces God has and continued to give me and my family. 🙏🏻
    Praying for you Sister and thankful to God for you and all that you do. God bless you this New Year with good health, peace and joy.

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  2. Thank you, Sister, for a beautiful message! Starting 2019 with a heart open to the love of the Lord Jesus and leading of the Holy Spirit. Surrendering all to Him who cares for me. He makes all things new! Praying the Lord’s blessings upon you for a wonderful new year!

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