December 31–It’s Finished!

It’s finished. 2009 is done. That’s it. Another year has ended.

We can’t change anything that has happened to us in 2009. We can’t change anything that we have experienced in this past year. We can’t change anything that others did to us. We can’t change anything that we thought…or said…or did…to ourselves or to others. 

It’s finished. 2009 is done. That’s it. Another year has ended.

How does that leave you feeling? Are you regretting or celebrating this past year? Are you ready to say a quick and final ”Good riddance!” to 2009? Or are you sad to see such a sweet year go?

No matter what we may be feeling, are we willing and able to see and embrace—even in the midst of our struggles…and our successes…our heartbreaks…and our joys…our shameful acts…and our shining moments—God’s eternal truths that are able to make a difference to each of us…each and every day…of each and every year?

God is still God.

God is the One who is truly in control.

God loves us.

God is with us. 

God offers us salvation and eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ.

And God doesn’t change…no matter how many days…and weeks…and years go by…or how many calendar changes occur in our lives. 

God doesn’t change…God is our eternal Abba…our eternal peace…our eternal hope…our eternal joy…our eternal Savior.

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

…When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:28-30

And so, although 2009 is finished—our God is eternal. And what our Lord Jesus Christ proclaims as finished is His own sacrificial work done through His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins…and for the renewal and transforming of our lives right now…and to give us the gift of eternal life with Him.

May we each choose to embrace the finished work of our Savior Jesus, who loves us passionately and offers us grace and renewal, life and hope today and each and every day of our lives! No matter what date is on the calendar!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

2 thoughts on “December 31–It’s Finished!

  1. Dear Sylane,
    Wow! You did it! You served God for the entire year of 2009 with so many wonderful, powerful and personal blogs! Thank you very much for you obedience and determination in accomplishing this goal.

    As for me and I’m sure I can speak for others; we looked forward to what God would have you write about every day. God used your blogs and His perfect timing to touch my life many times this year.

    I took a trip back to your very first blog; January 1, 2009.

    *******

    Personal Reflections from Sylane:
    January 1st, 2009! First day of 2009, my first official day as a blogger!
    Happy New Year! Happy New Blog!
    I’m not really sure what I’m in for, but I do know what I have in me! I have hope.

    *******

    Sylane,
    It has been obvious throughout this year – regardless of your circumstances…you have hope! Thank you for sharing that hope within these daily devotionals. Your strength and your heart for Jesus are an encouragement to me. Thank you, my friend!

    May God bless you in your next and/or new endeavor!

    Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    God’s Peace and my love,
    Linda

  2. Dearest Sylane,

    I am so grateful for the part that you have played in my life this year. So much support, encouragement and guidance, for me through your blog, your emails, on the phone and even when I got to see you once again in person, although the meeting was bittersweet (Dee’s memorial service). Have you any idea just how much your heartfelt prayers mean to me? 2009 had many ups and downs, joys and sorrows,roadblocks, detours, doors of opportunity opened and closed. Instead of kicking 2009 to the curb, I hope to embrace it, learn much from it and then gently let it go, to be open for the new year and all that it holds. I am thrilled that you were able to publish your book, Sylane. It was an incredible story and I was privileged to read it. My hope is that many lives are changed because of it. Whatever God has in store for you, I know you will meet it head on, held by His hand, with His love, joy, peace and strength guiding you.

    Happy New Year to you, my friend!!!

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