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January 22, 2022
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A New Year by Tracy Hankwitz


   I love standing in this doorway – looking back briefly to see gifts and graces that fell from the hand who gives all.

Then looking forward to all things new, wondering what a-waits, knowing it won’t all be good, but it will all be for my good.

   Like a fresh blanket of snow waiting for me to leave footprints, some days will be easier to embrace the adventure and blaze a trail, and other days hesitation will hold me back without a sure path to follow.

     Uncertainty can be a bit like a wilderness – not knowing, not seeing any further than this present moment, confused by all the possible paths.

   But maybe this present moment is all I need to focus on when the unknown overwhelms. This moment, this present moment is where I am, where God is present. It is gift to be here.

   And what about those days when it seems we are wandering aimlessly in a wilderness? Unsure of what to do, we do nothing but attempt the motions of normalcy. It’s on days like these that we are challenged to trust what is hidden, what eyes cannot see.

   Begin to see the unknown full of possibilities.

   “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19NLT

   Isaiah speaks God’s sweet promises: A pathway through the wilderness, and the promise of something new. God’s plan is already in motion. Boldly trust the way-maker who goes before you and blaze your trail into the possibilities the New Year holds.

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