Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on. Phil. 3:13-14
Hello Dear One,
Finally, a new year has arrived, but memories of the past chaotic year can linger if we do not consciously commit to letting them go. Yes, of course, there were moments of glory, but far outweighed by the bleakness. In Genesis, two angels urge Lot and his family to flee the city which was about to be destroyed. Even though Lot’s wife was admonished not to look back, she turned and glanced into the past and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt. I fear that if I re-live the past year’s pain, my life will lose its flavor. I will not be open and receptive to the blessings that God has prepared for me in 2021. Jim and I decided to be proactive about letting go of the past. We performed a cleansing ritual. First, we spent time in prayer and reflection. I did a lot of journal writing. My prompt was, “At the end of 2020, I want to release.” As I wrote, I poured my heart onto the pages and wrote and cried till I felt emptied and exhausted. Later, Jim and I shared our insights. Then we lit sage incense and allowed the essence to cleanse our home of negativity.
Friends, I urge you to prepare for the new year. You might want to use our ritual or create your own. Don’t allow yesterday’s pain to cloud your vision of manna raining upon you daily. Even in dark valleys, you are never alone. God is with you and the Light beckons you onward.
Affirmation: Pressing forward, looking heavenward, I open my heart for manna.
Bless you, dear ones. Happy New Year,