A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Have you ever defined a new year with a single word? I never heard of this practice until two blogging friends shared their declarations for 2012 frequently in their posts. For one, the year was "see"; for the other, it was "shine".
And, as 2012 drew to a close, I began to ponder . . .
Should I choose a defining word for 2013? If so, what word would it be? I know it must be a word which brings me closer to God throughout the year. It can't be anything less.
I think. I pray. I ponder some more . . .
Then, BOOM! The word spills into my heart. My mind. My soul.
This is the year of "Love"!
Loving myself. Loving others.
Showing that love in smiles and laughter.
Reflecting upon the love I give. The love I get.
Eyes continually focused on those around me who need to feel loved.
Taking delight in every moment when and where love is shared.
So, that when those troubled days come, as I know they will; days when I am hurt or sad or down, I can still find love. Still give love.
And, if somehow, I forget how to find love. Give love. I know who can help me reclaim it . . .
All I have to do is raise up my arms to my Abba.
And, let Him love me through it all.
Have you named and claimed this New Year?
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, Father, for this new and promising year which lies ahead. Let us ever be focused upon You and Your desires for us. May we ever love one another as You have loved us. Amen.