Welcoming 2009!

I have mixed feelings every time I crack open a new journal or start a new year. There’s something irresistibly hopeful about that brand new calendar and those pristine journal pages.

Maybe this time around, all my journal entries will be upbeat accounts of how well my life is going, instead of those late night wrestlings with God over things that have gone wrong. To quote the optimistic Miss Stacy from Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”

Then again, I can’t help feeling a sense of apprehension over what I might encounter as the year rolls on, especially with 2008 ending on such a turbulent note and so much of the past moving seamlessly with us into 2009.

What will I be writing on those pages?

In 1939, at the beginning of World War II, England’s King George VI borrowed the words of poet Minnie Louise Haskins to reassure a worried nation in his annual Christmas broadcast. Words which remain reassuring to us today.

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!”

God’s blessings to you in 2009!

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2 Responses to Welcoming 2009!

  1. Donna says:

    Hi Carolyn! Donna Klett Johnson here. I finally got around to looking up your blog online. Now I have a lot of reading to do to catch up! I am really enjoying it!Love to you!


  2. Carolyn says:

    Donna,What a fun surprise to hear from you! I’m glad to reconnect.Love to you and your family!Carolyn


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