Looking Back and Moving
Rev Chua Ooi Suah
As 2018 draws to an end, how do we look
back? What kind of attitude should we adopt to face the new year? Let us look
back and move forward confidently from the perspective of a community of faith.
Review. Counting on
are convinced that what happened in the past is not coincidental but are part
of a meaningful plan.
At the nexus of the current year and the new year, let us slow down, set aside some
time and find a quiet place to wait on the Lord and reflect on God blessings
and grace upon us in 2018. Let us ask
seek the Holy Spirit as we reflect on events in 2018:
life experiences have I encountered this year? During these experiences, what care
had the Lord given me? Who did God send
to help me grow in my life experiences? What did God allow me to experience to
enrich my life?
Prayer: God, please
teach us to count our days, so that we may have wisdom.
Looking ahead: Relying
on the Lord
are convinced that tomorrow belongs to God and He is in charge of tomorrow.
We are uncertain of global events that
might happen in 2019. But we can adopt the right attitude by making a covenant
with God in the new year:
In the new year, let us concentrate on the
fear of God and make Him the center of our lives.
Let us seek the Lord’s guidance and help in
everything we do and pray that God will grant us the confidence and reassurance
that we need.
Father, as your beloved children facing a new year, we pray that we will walk with
You and allow You to shape us such that we will rely on Your faith in the days