Back to the grind. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, and that you’re now ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
My New Year’s Day was off to a great start. I had a peaceful and prayerful morning, and later a good friend came over to talk about our hopes and goals for the year ahead.
We had both established some pretty heavy-duty expectations, but at the same time we were excited to talk about them, encouraged by each other’s trust that we could indeed accomplish them.
With that, a text message came in, followed up by several more, then a phone call. It seems that an infant daughter of one of the guys in my men’s prayer group was being taken by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
I won’t get into all the details, which are still emerging, but it appears a family member had some kind of mental breakdown and the little two-year old was seriously injured by him. There had been a death in the family just two days before, that without a doubt, this led to the breakdown. Of course, this is no excuse for what happened.
Since that time, we have not been able to think of much else. Our hearts and prayers go out to this family, especially the little girl. Gratefully, I learned late last night that she’s doing better. Please join with me in praying for the healing of this family.
Friends, I had been blogging for several days now about my hope that 2012 would be a fantastic year for all of us. For me and my friends, it seems like that will have to wait for a time. But I know it will come for all of us. We just need to have trust and confidence in this promise.
As I was preparing to write this post, a song from Matt Redman came to my mind. I got this clip from youtube, knowing that we all might need a little extra inspiration as this new day dawns.