Thoughts for the new year

Written on January 6, 2017


2017 has begun!

As a family we had so much fun over the festive season, and as always there was much to be thankful for. Our only regret was not to be able to celebrate with many of our loved ones, some of whom are scattered around the world, and others having departed ahead of us to our eternal home. We trust and hope that you celebrated blissfully as well.

After all the delicious food was consumed (and much weight gained!) and all the crackers pulled and humour shared with hearty laughter that brought delight to our souls, and after hearing delightful stories of God’s goodness and pressing needs yet to be touched by our Father, a few things will linger in our minds for quite some time!

Amongst them are the words one of our nephews shared at our party, ‘I want to understand and have Father’s joy! A joy which flows like abundant rivers of life, never subdued or dented by the sadness and darkness prevailing on the earth, though not indifferent to man’s suffering. Father has proven to be caring enough to sacrifice His Son, what else He will not do for us (Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?”) yet His joy is everlasting and complete.’

Just like our nephew, we also want to understand and be filled with that joy! That joy brings peace that ‘surpasses understanding’, breaks any barriers on earth, shatters sadness, brings healing to a thirsty soul, and clears the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 says, ‘With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.’

Do not allow the weight on your shoulders, or the despair prevailing around you, to wear you down. Rather allow God to fill you with that joy! As the scripture calls it, ‘inexpressible joy!’ 

‘And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.’ 1 Peter 1:8.

Happy New Year!

Lazarus & Maggie 

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