New Year Light

by Guest Blogger December 30, 2009

[A] few years ago, I was at work near the end of the year. The Executive Director of the non-profit I work for was excited about the impending new year (she’s a great cheerleader and not lacking for excitement), but with a difficult year behind and another long year in front of me, I didn’t have the heart to share her excitement. Interestingly, as I began to change out my calendars and to make plans for the new year, I began to feel like I had a fresh slate ahead of me. I even began to share in my Executive Director’s excitement. January was just another month, really, but something about the “new” year was stimulating. As we near the end of 2009, I am beginning to think about the year that has past and about things I want to accomplish in the year ahead, for myself and my family. I look forward to the new year as a true gift, wondering what will appear beneath the wrapping in the next twelve months and what I want to help appear. One thing that has become especially clear in 2009 is the importance of writing in my life and the gift that God has given me as a writer (I actually called myself a writer for the first time this year). I had the opportunity to write a book with a company and to continue writing their newsletter and blog as well as to continue writing for the non-profit. In this work, I lose myself and come out of the “writing cave” revived and refreshed, and a little more addicted. What I have been wondering for 2010 is how I can use this gift for God, how I can continue in my work and also begin new projects that glorify God and point to Him as the source. Even as the winter seems to be progressing oh-so-slowly (and the unusual cold weather in Colorado that has kept the snow on the ground longer than normal), I look forward to 2010 and sitting down in the next week to consider plans for the new year. As we gain more light, I wish you peace and light in the new year.


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