Thursday, January 31, 2013

The NOT so new Year...

Heading into 2013... seeking HIS direction!
Can you believe that the first month of 2013 is over tomorrow... it hardly seems possible.  Even as we've settled into the routine of this new year I can't help but think back to the season of advent and my reflection on HOPE during that season.

I was reminded that Hope is not dependent on the realities that surround, but on the word of God, a God who never lets His words drop to the ground.  That's good news.  By the way, in this I'm not suggesting we live in some pollyanna reality where everything is just great, rather I'm suggesting that regardless of what we see, hear or experience… God can still be trusted. 

In other words, there is NOTHING that will take place in the eleven months that remain in this year that can separate us from the love of God… nothing.  The Light of the world has come, even in the midst of the grey skies of winter.

This month we welcomed Ted & Sarah Voigt and their daughter Abigail.   They arrived on Jan 17th... and in the next few days we begin a Parent & Toddler Group in Wicklow.  Not a bad way to begin our year.  We'll be looking to build relationships with the people who participate and move forward with Parenting Classes.  In June we'll have been in Ireland two years.  It hardly seems possible.  In the fall we're planning to start some home groups.  All along we'll be listening to the leading and Spirit of God… for this is HIS work, HIS church, HIS calling.

As we begin walking through this new year… I'd invite you again to join us in God's mission.  Maybe you could join us in praying this prayer from the pen of missionary David Livingstone.

“God, send me anywhere, only go with me.  (BTW: this might be just across the street)
Lay any burden on me, only sustain me.
And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.”


We'd also invite you to pray these five prayers for our team here in Ireland… and if you're so inclined, yourself.

Lord, give us YOUR eyes to see the world around us.
Lord, give us ears to hear what YOU are calling us to do each day.
Lord, help us to lay down our lives, our dreams, our visions… for YOURS.
Lord, help us to see no action, no word as to small, but to do it to the glory of God.
Lord, fill us with your love that it might permeate our relationships, our actions and our minds.

I wonder... what might happen as we pray and live out this prayer.