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Today, let's focus on the end of a year and the beginning of another.  

Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).  


First, pay attention to God. 

Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body. 
  • As you breathe in, think, "Jesus, you are Lord..." 
  • As you breathe out, think, "... of beginnings and endings" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).


Second, ponder your inner world.

Process the following with Jesus:
  • What am I hoping will come to an end this year, and what am I hoping will begin?
  • Prayerfully repeat for a few moments: Father, your will be done (Matthew 26:39).


Third, prepare to love others.

Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
  • Who needs my support in an ending?
  • Who can I support in a new beginning?

A closing prayer:

Jesus, you are the Alpha and Omega the beginning and end. There is a time and a place for everything, and you are Lord over it all. So often, I long for some beginnings and struggle with others. I want certain parts of my life never to end, yet other endings can't come soon enough. I fixate and obsess when I should surrender and trust. Forgive me for only accepting life on my terms.

Father, give good gifts this new year because you are kind.
Jesus, impart your wisdom that I might discern beginnings and endings.
Holy Spirit, empower me in seasons of waiting, of death, and resurrection. 
In every beginning and ending this year, help me to trust that you are Lord of all. 


Peace be with you until next week,
Rusty McKie 

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