New Year’s Thanks & Blessings

Happy 2011 to everyone who follows WordJourney!

The year just ended was a challenging one for many people, a segment of time where I personally witnessed friends lose jobs, loved ones and some lost their own lives. Whatever losses we experience on this side of eternity pale in comparison to the joy that is soon to come. Still, we’re in this mortal coil and will continue to feel the pleasures and stings of this life.

Personally, the challenges for me were many and varied. As concerns WordJourney, finding the time to keep this site going has been the biggest challenge — letting it go has crossed my mind, but I have no peace that God wants me to bring this site to an end or pass it on. At least not right now.

Instead, I plan on doing what has served me well over the past several months — waiting upon the Lord to provide me with ideas and the inspiration I need to write. No, I don’t suffer from writer’s block, at least not usually. Rather, I need undivided time to wait upon the Lord and write — something I expect will become more evident beginning in January.

In 2010, WordJourney began to incorporate more news features. I understand that this can be a delicate area, one which can upset my readers. As much as possible, I attempt to present the news to you without injecting my own opinions — that isn’t always easy to do and sometimes it is hard to offer two points of view — I appreciate the grace you give me by overlooking at least some of my faults.

It wasn’t too deep into January when the nation of Haiti was rocked by an earthquake estimated to have killed more than 300,000 people. The news was sad, grim and agonizing all at once, giving modern day evangelists an almost eagle’s eye look at the misery these people suffered and still do.

The world rallied around that country by raising funds, rescuing some and helping others. Still, when it comes to being there for the long term, it is the church of Jesus Christ which can be found bandaging the hurt, comforting the orphan, assisting the widow and feeding the hungry. Much work must still be done and it is only with God’s help can we possibly help lift Haiti out of its spiritual darkness and into a wondrous light.

For 2011, we’ll continue to offer book and music reviews and a focus on specific ministries. I’m leaving the weighty Bible studies for others to tackle, but I’ll share with you some burdens on my heart as God richly dispenses the same in His richness and glory.

Have a blessed new year — walk with the Lord and encourage others to do likewise.

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