So how do you think you will spend it? This year is a Leap Year – we have an extra day this month. If my recollection is correct, I don’t think Leap Years are mentioned in the Bible. However, Psalm 90 clearly commends the numbering of our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Elsewhere, in more than one place, we are reminded that wisdom begins with a deeply held respect for the Lord. Bringing the New Testament into this teaching points to the wisdom of a daily affirmation of the Lordship of Jesus in our lives.
This all sounds spiritually desirable, but we know it’s not so easy in practice. It means taking a hard confessional look at those areas of life that at the moment exclude matters of Lordship. It means a daily awareness of the presence in our lives of our God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It means a growing acceptance that ‘Jesus is Lord’ is to be over the whole of our lives. Easy it is not, but help is at hand. God wants each of us to enjoy the greatest of relationships with Him. Jesus promised not only new life, but life in all its abundance.
Why not plan to spend at least some of that extra time in some kind of ‘spiritual retreat’ – resting in the presence of your loving Father, listening, reflecting, praying, worshipping – allowing Him to bathe you afresh in His love and peace as He draws you closer to Himself?
In our prayers we thank God for each other and continue to pray for all those we know who have recently lost loved ones. We continue to pray for those whose lives are dogged with pain or anxious uncertainties.
We pray for Robert as he continues his studies at Spurgeon’s College and as he prepares himself spiritually for the new chapter opening soon.
Blessings and Love