The Beacon: 2024 01/21

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, there is a certain allure to the persistent rhythm of New Year's resolutions. The turning of the calendar seems like the perfect moment to face our challenges head-on, to transform and break free from the patterns that hold us back. Yet, despite our best intentions, we often find ourselves back at square one.

The prospect of reinventing ourselves can be daunting. Our habits run deep, shaping our thoughts and actions making it challenging to summon the courage for a fresh start. But in the midst of this struggle, there is a profound promise—one that lies in placing our faith in Jesus.

In the three years leading up to the heartbreaking loss of Texa, my approach to reading the Bible shifted. I slowed down, savoring one chapter a day documenting my reflections. Despite a lifetime of attending church services, the narratives had lost their depth, and the verses had become overly familiar. Ironically, it was through my daughter's exploration of God's Word that I found a renewed connection.

Losing a child is an experience no one can ever be fully prepared for. Yet, as I reflect on the time leading up to Texa's passing, I realize that divine guidance nudged me toward a more careful and attentive approach to my Bible reading. Little did I know that those verses would become a refuge for my shattered heart and overwhelmed mind when I received the devastating news.

So, as we approach the dawn of a new year, I propose a resolution that goes beyond the usual surface-level changes. Whether you are acquainted with Jesus or not, consider seeking someone who can introduce you to Him. For those already following Christ, commit to a deep engagement with His teachings, allowing them to become an integral part of your being. The future is filled with endless possibilities, and who knows what transformative journey the new year may unveil.

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