Dear 2016, we are about to say our goodbye to you and to go our separate ways forever. Sadly, we will not see you, hear you or experience what you brought to us anymore. You will be archived in the pages of history.
But then, I am certain there will be ample of opportunities where we can go back and flip those pages to that one moment where you must have made us laugh, felt joy and happiness or at the worst to reflect on the times you made us weep, felt pain and the sting of death, or had major disappointments and even betrayal by those who we thought had our back.
So you see, we have mixed feelings about you. To be fair, let me personally say thank you for the joy, the laughter and happiness you brought into all of our lives. New relationships were formed – met lots of people in this virtual world through my blog. In many ways, those new relationships changed the landscape of EMB to a large extent – guest authors, new readers, new opportunities and all that good stuff.
Having been considered worthy of the vocation and the calling, you even afforded me the opportunity to be ordained into the Five-fold ministry and to pursue formal ministerial training. Thank you!
I must also say thank you for the not so good times. Thank you because the bad experiences which I felt at times would have destroyed me, helped me to grow, strengthened me spiritually and renewed my faith in God to trust Him wholeheartedly, to keep pressing my way through with a strong sense of hope that in the end it will work out for my good and for the glory of God.
For those things that hurt me, broke my heart, made me cry and I cannot mention here or to anyone for that matter – only because they are so personal to me, I say thank you 2016. I will cherish forever the lessons I learned from those not so pleasant experiences.
For the sacrifices that I was forced to make – having to put others above self, I say thank you! You taught me the meaning of true sacrifice that can only come from a heart of love – the Agape love that suffers long, is kind…..the love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. [1 Corinthians 13]
Will You Be More Gracious [To Us] 2017?
We are on the brink of stepping over into 2017. And with all the prophecies that have gone out of what this new year will bring, truth be told only God knows what our life will be like.
We hope for the best. We trust God that we will see the day when we experience His peace in its entirety and that the fullness of His love is demonstrated to all mankind regardless of race, color, government and political or religious affiliation. It is hoped that the ethnic cleansing, the genocide and the killings would one day cease.
Life was meant to be enjoyed. It is our gift from Christ that we have abundant life filled with joy, laughter, hope, dreams, aspirations, success, and so much more.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” [Jeremiah 29:11 KJV]
So my question to you 2017, “Will you be more gracious to us?”
We align our thoughts with the God’s word and as the scripture says, we hope for the best. We hope for the manifestation of blessings and the fulfillment of our dreams.
Our duty is to keep praying for each other, support one another and if we should stumble or fall on the journey, let us exercise grace, hold each other’s hand and pick the fallen ones up and continue to run with patience the race that God has set before us.
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” [1 Corinthians 13:13]