I spend the last few weeks of every year praying for a future word from God for the next year.
A few years ago the word was “Prepare for change.”. By April our church had lost its Lead Pastor, Children’s Pastor and Youth Pastor. Before the year was out we had welcomed in new people to all three positions.
Last year my word was directly from Scripture, Psalm 144:1 to be exact,
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;
The year turned out to be one of the most difficult our church has faced.
This year the words came about two weeks before Christmas, “Shift your focus to wonder.”.
So much has changed, there has been so much battle these last few years and yet I know there has been purpose in all of it. God has been doing a remarkable work of restoration in my life which I was unaware I needed. God has been doing a wonderful work of restoration in our church which we were likewise unaware we needed. But the temptation to get our eyes focused on the spiritual pruning, which happens through difficulty, is great.
I believe the time has come to shift our eyes away from all the turmoil which has gone on among us. I believe God is about to do something great in my life and in our little church and that means the time has come to shift our focus to wonder.
As the year closed out the ministers of the Vicarage were honored to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of our longest tenured staff member, Wendy Brouillet.
Wendy has been the main desk receptionist at Cornerstone for more than half her marriage to Roger! Both of those things are amazing feats!
In a few week’s time Brenda and I will head to the Philippines to attend the wedding of my son Joe and his fiance Kristine.
My daughters will be staying with my mother during that time and the church will embark on what I am believing is going to be one of its greatest spiritual adventures. Cornerstone will be hosting 21 days of 24/7 prayer and fasting.
Our times are perilous and yet full of the greatest wonder. We all get to choose what we look at. What will you focus on this year?