Great is Thy faithfulness…
Oh God, my Father!
What a year. And then, to end it by ushering it in with strains of that beautiful hymn so filled with Truth. Indeed, what a faithful God have we! Never-changing, always providing, compassionate, merciful, loving – all of that and more; too deep to comprehend.
What a great opportunity. To look back on the last year and see His faithfulness – lest we, like the Israelites, forget and turn away. Oh God, let that not happen! Let me not forget what awesome things my Lord has done. To see His healing hand, His righteous workings, His forgiveness of my many sins – for His love washes over a multitude of things. Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth.
Every year so blessed and challenging in its own unique way. The struggles of discipline in daily life, the cries of a weary soul in a sin-filled world, the prayers of the saints for those who are lost, struggling and flailing in a whirlpool of evil. Every year, don’t we say “This has been the best year yet!”? Don’t we look back to the beginning of the year and see how foolish and immature we were then, and see the long road we took to get to where we’re at now? It’s a blessed journey He gives us strength for – strength for today, as well as bright hope for tomorrow. And do we ever need that hope in a sinful world!
Yet this year, like every other, God proves His faithfulness. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness, to Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. In Genesis 1, when God set into place the beautiful order of the sun and moon – signs and seasons on the fourth day of planet earth. He has been faithful ever since day one – even when we turned away and did what He forbade us to do, still He was faithful to us, loving His creation even though we were no longer “very good.” The habitual rising and setting of the sun proves that God is still there, even though at times in our lives He may seem silent.
This year consisted of friends coming to visit from the states, desert campouts, dates with daddy, oboe lessons, Csehy, our Europe trip, a fall trip back to the states, playing basketball and football with Nate, planning a project with Cait (we’re really slow on it, sorry!), launching “Searching For Love,” with Jasmine, re-assessing where we’re at as a family… There’s been a lot. We’ve been busy and relaxed. We’ve laughed and cried, though laughed more than cried – God is gracious. Sometimes we laughed so hard we did cry. Sometimes we cried so hard that our noses got stuffy and it was hard to breathe. I was scared. God gave me the courage to win. I pressed on through various challenges, pursuing excellence. It was a really hard year, but we’ve passed it and moved on to glorify God in this coming year.
He’s faithful to keep His promises, faithful to loves us and care for us.
2009 – full of new mercies every morning, already I can tell that.
It’s going to be a great year – not because I’m great, no, I’m a sinner – but because God is so faithful.
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Great is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed,
Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto Thee.
Bail o dia ort,