Every January 1st, an empty glass jar sits on our kitchen counter.
We call it the Blessing Jar.
As the year unfolds, each time something good happens, we write it down and drop it into the jar.
On the afternoon of December 31st (before the kids scatter to their various New Year’s Eve plans), we gather around our big farmhouse kitchen table and one by one, we take turns reading a blessing. By the time the jar is empty, our hearts are full and the laughter is plentiful and robust.
This afternoon was particularly sweet.
As I have said before, this has been a hard year.
Sometimes, in the midst of frustration and dashed hopes and hardships, it is easy to forget to look for the light.
Yet, these little strips of colored papers (so many of them!!!) were reminders that the light blazes brightly on even the darkest days because Light is a Person and He forever shines. (John 8:12).
He is a God who is always coming for us, always chasing us down in order to bless, a God who stores up good things for us, then delights to reveal them at just the perfect time. He adds vibrant color to the gray days and speaks powerful words of life and love from His Word to those who are willing to listen.
He is so good to me.
Let 2015 be the year that I remember that everyday, that I trust Him with the hard and joyfully celebrate the good.