My devotion today began with this sentence: “Endings are always difficult. But when they’re new beginnings, they’re revitalizing.

Those are good words for today.

As we look to the blessings and struggles of the past year, we will have mixed feelings. We will celebrate new loves and relationships. New experiences and challenges conquered. An exciting upcoming move or new job.

But we will also have some sadness: loved ones who have passed on; undesired career changes or financial uncertainties; unwelcome health news or antagonistic colleagues.

Yet the fact is this: the Lord brought us through this last year and He will see us through the next one, too!

In the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible which tells of the End Times and things to come, God says,

5And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. ~Revelation 21:5-7

There is a lot packed in there! It’s not just something to look forward to in some ethereal future. Jesus [“the one sitting on the throne”] says He is doing this now. “…I am making.” Then He reminds us that we can trust what He is telling us here because He encompasses all of history, all of time, all of space. He knows what happend to and for you this last year and He knows what will this next year. 

But more than just knowledge, because of His love for you and me through faith in Jesus, who are His children, He also promises that, “all things work together for good!” (Romans 8:28) [Go ahead and just read that whole chapter!]

Let us thank the Lord for all He brought us through in 2014 as well as His grace and gifts given this year, and let us look with joyful hope in 2015 as He will do the same, as He has promised!

Come, gracious and merciful, Lord, Jesus! Come!

Author: Scott Heitshusen

Lutheran (LC-MS) pastor in Sealy, Texas. Amazing wife, Jennifer, since 1991. Two sons, Daniel (b.1999) and Ben (b.2001). Ben has Down syndrome. Wonderful daughter-in-law, Rachel, since 2020. Jesus. Family. Others. Passionate about abolishing sex trafficking.

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