Last night, right before the clock struck midnight, we were in the middle of a Battle Royale with our middle child as she had woken up, and in a dazed, half-asleep state, was SCREAMING for a TV show. The mix of her unsettling behavior and the fear that she would wake up the youngest who hasn't slept through the night in a week, left us completely on edge.
No ball drop. No midnight kiss. No champagne. And I thought I heard T.S. Eliot whisper, "This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper."
It's a pretty accurate description of 2012. Exhausting. Frustrating. Long.
But this morning.
This morning I hear that same little girl giggling with her baby sister, the one I who I thought for sure would be up all night again, the one who miraculously and graciously slept until 7. The sun is shining. The coffee is brewing.
It is a good morning.
And I read this morning in Lamentations, as it has been swirling around my head...
The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:
The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"
Lamentations 3:19-24, NLT
It is going to be a good year. Welcome, 2013. This will be my year to soar.
I'm sharing three non-fiction books that I love. The process inspired me to re-evaluate my reading from 2012 and come up with some goals for 2013. If you'd like to see what my plan is, feel free to check it out. I'd love to hear what books on the list you have read and what books you want to read this year.
Happy New Year!