Have it Your Way
Now we launch a new year, Lord, and
as we have ever found it, this
one hasn’t yet given us many clues
as to what lies in store. The only
truth we know for sure is the same
one we discovered last year—we
won’t know what is down the road until we
start walking. So walk with us, please,
because our yesterdays have done their dismantling
work and in truth we find ourselves
fearful of taking that first calendar step.
For some of our families have been fractured
by loss of mother, father, husband, wife, child or
some of our hearts have been
splintered by grief, greed, rage,
disappointment, fear or uncertainty.
Find us now, Lord, cautious, wary and
desperately in need of more courage than
we can conjure by ourselves. Find us
now, Lord, in hope of days of light and
nights of peace. Find us now, Lord, in
postures of anticipation of your company.
Find us now in attitudes of waiting.
Find us yielded. Find us still.
We wait for your comfort—the sense
of your presence—that tells us all
is well. We
wait for your vision—the
sense of direction—that leads us through
times and events we are afraid of without
you. We wait
for your permission—that
sense of forgiveness—to move on to new,
unexplored worlds of life, love and service.
And through it all, Lord—our hesitancy,
our not knowing the way, our brokenness,
our grief, our frustrations, our fear—
we seek your will. Come now. Speak to us.
Shout if you must till we hear your voice.
Come now. Lead
us. Pull us if you must
till we follow you. Wherever you want us
to go. This
year, Lord, have it your way.