While I cannot predict what may happen in the coming year, I can't help but face it with optimistic expectation that something good will come, and not just because it always does in the Hallmark movies. I have eager hope because of the gospel. I have hope because of Christmas and the incarnation. Because God became an infant human child, I have hope. A light has shown in the darkness! I must trust that God is good and is working my life together for my good and His glory. I may not necessarily see the physical blessings I hope for this year, but I wait with an eager hope that I will know Jesus better in the coming year whether it be through tangible blessing or identifying with his suffering.
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