As I sit here, reflecting on 2016, I can see where I was a year ago and where I am now. This time last year I was still coming to grips with my "widowhood" and the reality that my life had changed in so many ways... I have learned to rely on God in ways I never thought I would need too.... my biggest challenge has been to deal with the intense loneliness that has become a constant in my life. Begging and pleading with God has not changed it.
BUT GOD! But God always has a plan and His plan for me continues to unfold daily.
Today I can see that I do have a purpose in this life. Do I know what that is? Not totally, but God gives me "hints" and "moments" now and then that reveal not only His loving-kindness, but His faithfulness and sovereignty.
I have so much to be thankful for, yes even in my darkest moments. I have come closer to God and I have an amazing church family and pastor; friends who know me and love me "anyway". God IS good, all the time, in good times and in the not so good.
So now, on this last day of 2016, I look forward with expectation and joy to 2017 and with this chorus on my heart and lips....
I love you, Lord, And I lift my voice
To worship You Oh, my soul, rejoice!
Take joy my King, In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound In Your ear.....