At church this morning we were thinking about the year that has been, the year that is to come and listening to God. Well actually that is what I was thinking about, the sermon was about Joseph and his obedience to God. But the songs we sang and the words that were spoken all contributed to my reflection.
Every Christmas my brother will ask what the highs and lows of the year have been. I hate this question yet I love being in the midst of reflection. I hate it because I feel under pressure to come up with a good answer. My brother will come up with something deep, my sister with something cool and I will say something dull! Yet even though my answer is dull I am extremely happy with the way my year has turned out. Without sounding too positive, there have been so many more highs than lows. This blog has helped me to look back on my year and to remember all the great things that have happened.
The sun in April/May was amazing, our family holiday and the memories of going on a bus, plane and train are unforgettable, conceiving our second child is a blessing, coming best in show was great…. the list goes on. The things that have got me down are the terrible two’s and potty training! I have loved 2012 and am praying that 2013 will be even better.
I know it is going to be challenging what with a new born entering the family but I am praying that I can stay positive and keep focused.
This morning the preacher was discussing Josephs righteousness. Joseph was told that the woman he was due to marry was pregnant and the baby wasn’t his. Joseph didn’t want to publicly ridicule her or go on Jeremy Kyle for a paternity test, instead he listened to God and trusted the angel (Matthew 1:18-25)
I find this amazing partly because I find it so hard to listen and trust. Then to make matters worse the preacher asked us to take a minute to focus on 1 Corinthians 13.
This is a very popular passage that is read at a lot of weddings. What he asked us to do though was something I have never thought of before. We had to read the passage replacing the word ‘love’ with our name. So instead of
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
We were to read
Jo is patient, Jo is kind. Jo does not envy, Jo does not boast, Jo is not proud. Jo does not dishonor others, Jo is not self-seeking, Jo is not easily angered, Jo keeps no record of wrongs. Jo does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Jo always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This was tough. Am I all of these things? Most definitely not. But the three that really struck a chord were ‘Jo always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres’. I don’t do this. I have my own agenda and if things don’t go to my plan I can get quite cross. But I know that God has the perfect plan for me and like Joseph I need to listen and trust. This is my prayer for 2013.
The next thing to talk to me this morning was the song ‘All honour and blessing and power belongs to you’ I have had so many blessings this year and I believe they are all down to my faith and for that I am so grateful.
So to sum up I am so thankful for the year 2012 has been and am praying that in 2013 I learn to trust, hope and persevere.
Here’s to an amazing 2013.
(To see a summary of my year take a look at Photo 52….. it went a bit to pot after April but the photos still sum up my year!!)