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Today’s Truth

The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever (Psalm 121:8, CSB).

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The airport is crowded this morning. As I wait for my flight, I watch the parade of people. Disgruntled teenagers with caps pulled down over their eyes trailing behind determined parents. Bright-eyed couples holding hands with the honeymoon sun still on their faces. A group of grey-headed ladies in pink matching t-shirts laughing and exchanging stories while they sip coffee. I wonder about all of them. Where have they come from? Where are they going?

I realize all over again in that moment God knows the answers. He sees every detail of our lives. He’s been with us in every step we’ve ever taken. And as we welcome a new year, this reassures me because none of us knows what’s ahead.

There are certain to be blessings and moments of happiness. There will also be hard days and tears shed. Some parts of our lives will stay much the same and others, like it or not, will inevitably change.

A blond little girl in pigtails walks by with a stuffed brown bear in her arms. Seeing her reminds me of the first time I flew by myself. I was only five years old when I marched up to the ticket counter with a little red suitcase in hand to tell the amused airline employee the plane needed to come so I could go see my Grandma. My parents observed from close by and made sure every bit of the trip was in order. These days I carry a leopard print laptop bag, and I’ve flown away from my comfort zone many times. But on the inside, that younger self and I still have much in common. We want to know we’re safe, we’re loved.

We’re going to be okay. That’s what gives us the courage to pick up our bag and go.

Psalm 121:8 says, “The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.” This is mysterious to me because difficult things happen, people get sick, and life doesn’t always work out the way I planned. But even if I don’t understand them fully, these words offer hope because it means whatever may transpire, God is still taking care of me.

Three hundred and sixty thousand people will arrive on this earth through birth today. One hundred and fifty thousand will depart. The other seven billion of us will go about our business—catching flights, rocking babies, showing up for work, and eating fudge cake. And God will watch over it all. Every coming and going. Every beginning and end. Every dream come true and heartbreak. He has done this for all of history. He is doing so today. He will continue every day of this new year. Yes, every day of our whole lives.

We may not know what is ahead of us, but we can be absolutely certain of Who is with us. We are not random passengers, nameless and unknown in the crowd of humanity. We are beloved children of the God who breathed life into our lungs and who numbers every hair on our heads. So let’s go boldly into a new year with the confidence that all things are possible and, in the end, all will be well.

Let’s Pray

Dear God, thank You for being with me through this holiday season and into the new year. I’m so grateful You are my hope and help. You will give me everything I need for whatever is ahead. I choose to trust and believe that You have good plans for me. You are with me, for me, and working out Your purposes in my life today and always. With You, the best is yet to be. I love You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

What is one thing you’re hoping for this new year? Write it down or spend time in prayer, bringing it to the Lord, our true Hope.

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3 Responses to “Let’s Choose to Welcome the New Year with Hope”

  1. Leni says:

    Happy new year to you all in your wonderful ministry.
    Another incredible inspiring devotion of the glorious news of God knowing everything about each of us especially to lay our trust at his feet for the year ahead. For us we have been blessed with the great joy of the birth of our lovely blessed granddaughter and so entrust God for protection health, wisdom and strength in nurturing our gift and her wonderful parents. I pray for you all to be able to take step back and see God in action to bring peace and great experiences.

  2. Kathy Sherwood Orser says:

    My son is heading into his 12th year of struggling with a serious mental illness, his anxiety, his OCD, his frustration and his hopelessness is affecting all of us. My husband and I struggle to know how to handle the sadness, the threats of suicide, the raw anger. I am praying that God helps me see his plan for this pain. I am praying that God will speak to me, teach me, guide me and allow me to see his hand in this.

  3. Deb says:

    Holley,
    HOPE! My word for 2022! Life changed as I’ve known it for 42 yrs on Dec 24. My sweet husband of 42 yrs stepped into heaven early on Christmas Eve 2021! But after a long year of sickness what a blessing, what a gift from God to know he had received the ultimate gift of heaven, a new body and to celebrate Jesus birthday in heaven. What a celebration it must have been. I have HOPE that 2022 holds the BEST plans for me because I’ve put my HOPE in God! Thank you for this devotion!
    ❤️ Deb

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