As I step outside on the porch in the early morning, the moon shines brightly in the west, Mars, Venus and Jupiter form a clear triangle in the east and the Big Dipper points unfailingly to the North Star.
The horizon is touched with the fingers of dawn, a golden line against the lingering black of night. A frost lies on the grass; I can’t see it yet, but feel it in the crispness of the morning darkness.
Before us now is a new day, a new week, and a new year. This is a year the Lord has already been through it, laying out a course for each of us. He has planned service, work and events that will bring growth to us and glory to His name as we join Him in it.
What a wonderful truth that the God who planned creation, planned salvation and has planned an end to history, sin and misery, has planned it all out for us. What a loving, gracious, powerful and good God you are!
Thank you, Lord, for your greatness, revealed in the glory of this morning. I praise you for your beautiful, pristine character, like this dawn light penetrating the darkness, for the brightness of stars and the promise of the new day and the new year.
Truly, being in you and in your family, Lord, we can know that we will have a blessed new year no matter what comes. As your attributes are perfectly balanced, so is our life with you, the great I AM! Praise you now for what you will bring. Amen.