Faith and Hope for 2021

New Year

On New Year’s Eve I wrote the following words. As 2020 slips into sunset, I look forward with hope that the new year will bring a revival of faith, renewed health and joy.

And yet, just a few days in, the pandemic continues and the political tension is increasing. I wake up in the morning with a heavy feeling. What should I do?

I must begin the day with time in God’s word and continue to pray. And then these thoughts come to me: Encourage my family. Participate with the church—in person or on zoom as circumstances allow. Ask the Lord for opportunities to reach out to others.

God can use this time to increase my faith.

But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
Psalm 3: 3-4

In the sermon on the mount Jesus calls us to be a salt and light in the world. He will help us. 

This post is linked with the Five Minute Friday writing community. Today’s prompt is: TIME . Also sharing with Heart Encouragement.

Author: Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

10 thoughts on “Faith and Hope for 2021”

  1. “I must begin the day with time in God’s word and continue to pray.” Yes! Amen! And we can continue to pray for revival in our country.

    Such a good reminder to keep looking to the Lord EVERY SINGLE DAY!

    Love,
    Annie FMF #31

  2. God can use this time to increase my faith. Amen ❤❤ I pray God also uses the time to bring more people to faith. Visiting from fmf #6 X

  3. Great post. I have been focusing on this verse too. “The Sisters” sing a beautiful rendition of this verse. One of my favorites. The song is called “Thou Oh Lord”.

  4. “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

    I LOVE that scripture. I, too, found my New Year’s optimism sagging early into the week. The heaviness of 2020 returned, and my head drooped. Hallelujah, hallelujah, the Lord is the lifter of my head.

    Thank you for these beautiful words. FMF#28

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