“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
A new year…
A new month…
January is a hope-filled month.
With renewed hope, we trust that the cold will soon be chased away with warmth, that trees will bud again, that the days will grow longer, and that darkness will not last forever.
With renewed hope, we trust that our hearts will not be forever burdened, that our minds will be rejuvenated and that our bodies which fail us will someday be transformed.
With renewed hope, we live not just for the future, but for the present. Jesus is here yesterday, today and forever. We can say with the prophet, “Arise, shine; for your light has come.”
Prayer: Lord of hope, help us live more fully in the assurance of your love yesterday, today and forever. Amen.
Deaconess Bethany Larson, Champaign, IL