[CF Devotionals] 2010-01-07 - A Pause

Originally Published 2005-12-29

Heb 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. (KJV)

We just met the end of another year. It is a reason to celebrate, for most of us. There were parties and gatherings of friends and family, with snacks and drinks and meals. There were music and dancing, and kisses at midnight. The ball dropped again in Times Square in New York City at midnight, to thunderous applause.

Even as all this has been swirling around us all, take a minute to look back over the year and take stock. We are a blessed in ways that many of us don't even realize. We often take what we have for granted. Most of us are in good health, along with our families. Most of us have a warm home or apartment to live and in which to sleep. We have books, movies - and time to enjoy them. We have cars, or access to transportation. We have many things that two generations ago were pure science fiction. Reflect on your blessings, as we begin a new year. Some are in the midst of hardships, on the cusp of losing or having recently lost a loved one, suffered a serious injury or other loss. There were several devastating disasters this year, and not everyone has a home or even their basic possessions. Earthquakes and tsunamis killed many and left others homeless. Many others struggle to make financial ends meet. Remember these people, who Jesus died for, who struggle with prayers, visits or phone calls.

The beginning of this year is a simple pause. Take advantage of the pause, and take a breath. Take stock of what God has done for you, and look for your opportunities to pray for others. There are so many in bonds, in this country and around the world, who need prayer along with their families. The needs, even close to home, are numerous without digging too deeply.

Regroup. Give thanks. Pray and visit. Happy New Year.

Grace and Peace,

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