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Walking into a New Year

January 6th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Joyce Rupp

Joyce Rupp is an international treasure.

On Sunday at West we used a short reflection on starting a new year with God, extracted from Joyce Rupp’s ‘The Road of Life’ [forgot to say: it’s in a book called May I Have this Dance?, which Tracey owns and can lend].  The piece I read out is here for you to read again slowly.  Enjoy!

Whenever we walk into a new year, we are invited to enter into the unknown. We do not know what events will surprise us along the way. We can only see life for today. But we can risk the road because we have the tremendous assurance that God goes with us on the journey – “Be confident. For go where you will, your God is with you” (Jos. 1:9). As we enter the new year, we trust God with our lives. We trust that there will be enough strength and beauty amid all the pain to sustain us and to urge us forward. We trust that on this road we will come to greater wholeness and transformation.

Joyce’s website is full of excellent spiritual growth resources.  One of the cool features is ‘Spiritual Zest‘, a brand-new reflection she puts up each month.  Check out the January 2010 one, really helpful for thinking about what God might want for us in 2010.

How significant is the coming of a new year for you?  Is it just an arbitrary number changing on the calendar or is it helpful for your walk with God?

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  • 1 Alison Jan 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I had a peek at the January reflection – good food for thought.
    Life is never going to be perfect – what’s important is how we choose to respond to what life throws at us. With God’s help I hope to be much more positive about things this year 🙂

  • 2 Mouse Manning Jan 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    New Years are always important to me, its a great time to stop and view your faith journey past, and to look forward to the potential of the future