“So this is Christmas…” the words of Sarah McLachlan’s seasonal favorite played in my head as we sat in acute care at Surrey Memorial Hospital on Christmas Day. My dad, visiting from Manitoba along with my mom, had a mild stroke on the 23rd and we kept bedside vigil as he regained strength and endured many tests. Thanks to those who have and continue to pray for him and my mom.
“…and what have you done…” This line brought a smile regarding different things. I recall the sting of such sentiments in recent years as I anticipated and then recovered from surgery. While I now acknowledge ‘waiting well’ as a significant accomplishment, it makes for a short check list in an annual review.
Perhaps this year should be interpreted as making up for lost time.
I built a website to launch myself back into the work world and ended up not just with lovely coaching clients but a half-time dream position at Food for the Hungry. I traveled with my husband to Manitoba and Cambodia; our youngest son got married, and we became grandparents by another son. Those are just the highlights.
“Another year over…” I’m sure I wouldn’t have believed anyone had they foretold this past year for me back in December 2015. Isn’t that the way things go? Some of life proceeds as planned, some of the expected never materializes and surprises arrive in all shapes and packages. How grateful I am that I do not know the future, but I know the One who does.
“…a new one just begun.”
And so I pause to reflect back on God’s goodness and faithfulness in 2016, before all 2017 may hold. Yes, uncertainties abound and difficulties and challenges are sure to arise. There will be delightful opportunities to rejoice and laugh and celebrate. And, there will be everything in between.
As I enter this new year, I want to do so with a heart receptive to God’s unfailing love; eyes alert to see His handiwork; ears attentive to gentle whispers; and hands opened wide in surrender to His will. I pray this for each of you as well.
Happy New Year.
With love and gratitude,
In The Midst