Grace and Peace

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Corinthians 1:3 NIV, 2 Corinthians 1:2 NIV, Galatians 1:3 NIV, Ephesians 1:2 NIV, Philippians 1:2 NIV, Philemon 1:3 NIV and, except for minor word differences, Romans 1:7 NIV, 1 Thessalonians 1:1 NIV, 2 Thessalonians 1:2 NIV, 1 Timothy 1:2 NIV, 2 Timothy 1:2 NIV and Titus 1:4 NIV. (It was clearly Paul’s preferred greeting.)

It’s a new year! Time to be new people with new goals and new drive. Time to learn new lessons and see new things. Maybe even make a new friend or two or twenty.

I’ve never been one to write out resolutions or even take the time to think about making any. It’s just not for me. Nevertheless, every December 31, without fail, I feel something about me change. Something deep within my person changes and I find myself able to forget the past and look forward to the future with childlike optimism. I find myself more thankful than I was on the fourth Thursday in November and happier than I was on December 25. I feel more mature and more like I’m growing older and wiser than I do on my birthday. When January 1 rolls around, I feel nothing like I did on December 30 and, many times, for the majority of the 31st. My family is most precious to me. My friends are cherished and loved. Most importantly, I feel as though God and I are sharing a long, loving embrace of grace, peace and forgiveness. This poem speaks to that.

“Grace and Peace”:

 I shed some tears.
Quite selfishly,
They were for me—
Expressed my fears
For what I’d see.

I wrote poems
All just for you.
Nothing I’d do
Could rid the foam
Of guilt and rue.

My mouth, it foamed.
An ugly thing
Of a plague’s cling
Found in lands roamed
In sinful fling.

I ran to you
On worn out soles.
In clothes with holes,
From sin I flew—
Altered my goals

You embraced me
And kissed my face.
I’d run the race
With you and see
The glow of grace.

Happy New Year to all of you! May you be given grace and peace this year and all that follow. 2014 will be a year with its fair share of trials and suffering. Every year is like that. However, it will also be a year full of blessings and happiness. Every year is like that too. How you feel about this year when it’s time to ring in 2015 will depend solely on who you choose to spend this year with and whether you choose to focus on the trials or the blessings. Happy New Year! It’s a new year full of news– good and bad. That never changes. The “happy” part is left up to you.


Beautiful Sunrise


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