As has often been documented, I really prefer to conduct my annual “time of reflection” during our family beach week each summer. There is something about the solitude of sun, sand and surf that brings me cause to reflect and in turn rejoice. Some quiet time behind a pair of shades while everyone else pursues their own interests gives one a private space for deep thought.
However, as I sit here today with only hours left in 2015 – I have to admit that turning the calendar ahead comes only with the hope that the days ahead are covered in the goodness and grace of God.
As a station, the past twelve months have not been easy. Several staff members have lost close family members to death. Finances have been extremely tough. No doubt, for the first time in more than 15 years, this will be noted as the year of change. We are still getting used to different schedules and air shifts. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity.
So, my prayer is that the challenges of 2015 have formed the character that will sustain in 2016 – A character that does not rely on self, but finds foundation in the Giver of all good things. Every year, every day, every breath is simply one more opportunity to give back. So, whatever the New Year brings, may we live out each moment in the glory for which we were created.
Lamentations 3:22-24 The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” (NASB)