What I Need For a New Start

Christmas lights are off…103

In fact, all of Christmas is packed away.  The big table’s empty and I wonder if it wonders where it’s people are?

I do.


So it’s time to press on with the living that still brings more question than answer…

…to battle each day for a sliver of joy.

I need to believe there is meaning beyond what I see.

And trust God’s plan is at work, despite my fumbles and fails.

On New Year’s Day a loved one sent me this:

For I am about to do a new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!   Isaiah 43:19

And there it is …..HOPE.


2 thoughts on “What I Need For a New Start

  1. Hello Brooke! A week later and realized I had not sent you a comment…This touches on a thread of hope – for all of us, I think. Too easy to see the desert and the wilderness and miss the pathway, that “sliver of joy.” For you, may your 2014 be a year of clear pathways and rivers of joy!


  2. I find there’s always a kind of melancholy for me after Christmas. When I pack away all the decorations the house looks so barren. Friends and family have gone back to their regular activities; days are short and often gloomy. It’s impossible to hang on to the glow that was part of the holiday season. I have to make a specific effort to focus on the joy part… remembering that although the birthday party is over, the One whose life we celebrated is still with us. I was given Ann Voskamp’s new book, THE GREATEST GIFT: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas, and I’ve begun reading it.

    I’ve also rearranged furniture to give rooms a fresh look, started some new writing *and* discovered Snowdrops poking tips through the frosty garden soil. (I think that’s going to become a blog post soon.)

    There’s definitely hope, Brooke. 🙂


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