The beginning of the year has a way of filling me with equal parts of excitement and terror. On the one hand, I can’t wait to get started. The pencils have all been sharpened and the erasers are still bright pink and crisp.
Possibilities abound. The pages of our notebooks are empty and the board has literally been wiped clean.
On the other hand, I’ve grown accustomed to slow summer mornings. I’ve read books for fun, not because they’ve been assigned. The start of school signals the end of that leisurely pace. I know those empty pages in our notebooks will soon be filled with work!
There is even more we don’t know about the year: Will we do well? Will we be included? Our anxieties can threaten to overwhelm us.
Whatever our emotions are about the beginning, God gives us this promise in Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Each year, each month, each morning, God’s promises are the same. His love for us will see us through.