Each year brings its challenges and dreams, its disappointments and surprises. I am alive, blessed with work and shelter, and healthy for the most part: for these things I give thanks. I want to keep my focus this year on the Christ within, the story that God has given us in scriptures to mark my way, and the people around me to share the journey. I want to lead and I want to be led. I want to be a light and pierce the darkness. I want to count to ten before I speak ill of anyone. I want to practice contentment. I want to be a champion for joy.
My verse for this year is Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal [human], what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humblywith your God.
My long term resolve for this year in God is to
- To read the Bible through again (daily), this time using one of the chronological plans where the poetic and prophetic chapters are interlaced with the historical. I found this particular plan at the website: Blue Letter Bible, if anyone cares to join me. It can start on any day of the year.
- To re-imagine prayer and pursue an interior life, daily.
- To celebrate what is good by dropping small notes into a jar and then reading them on 12/31/14, daily.
- To respond to God’s will and submit to the Holy Spirit, daily.
- To write. Daily.
- To honor the gift of health by engaging my body in exercise, wellness, and nutritious eating, daily.
- To order my spaces, not with guilt but with respect for the endowment God has provided.
Let it be so, dear Christ, dear Spirit within and without.
I invoke the Lorica Prayer of St. Patrick (in which lorica means body armor or protection), I enter this year with Christ.