Happy New Year, Ya’ll.
It’s been quite the year. When I look back to one year ago, last September, I remember the day when all the money came in for my Kickstarter music project. I remember the feeling I got when I realized the task that lay ahead (of making a full length album). I remember the squeals and screams I made when I saw that my funding goal had not only been met, but also exceeded.
One year later, my album, Weight of Glory, is finished. I have spent the summer traveling, from one coast to the next, singing songs and leading worship -- doing things I never imagined (like making music videos) and meeting remarkable people along the way. I am thankful for it all. I am thankful for the people who have encouraged and supported me, sent messages saying how the songs have blessed them, and bought the album, spreading the word about the “Untitled Endeavor” that the Lord set before me last fall.
One year ago (tomorrow) I met a man named Joshua. Over the next few months, he flipped my world upside down. I wasn’t looking for a relationship, and I thought I was too busy for one. Clearly, the Lord had other plans. Tomorrow, we celebrate our one-year anniversary, and as we do, I look forward to the many that lay ahead.
It is not only the season of one-year anniversaries and milestones in music making, but tomorrow (starting tonight) is the Day of Atonement (aka Yom Kippur).
Jewish people all over the world will observe a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, centered on themes of atonement and repentance. As I’ve faced some tough trials in the area of friendships and loved ones this past week, I’ve recognized the importance of forgiveness. I’ve seen the power of love in action. I’ve experienced what it means to trust God, even when things don’t make sense.
In times of uncertainty and hard situations, we can go crazy trying to figure things out with our head. It is at that moment exactly that we have a choice – a choice to rely on what we think we know, or to rely on the ONE we know. Our God. Our God who says, “I will go before you and I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deut. 31:8). This is a promise – a promise from God to his people, Israel – a promise from God to all His children.
On this Day of Atonement, we thank you, Father, for the ultimate atonement that came through the blood of your son. Because of Him, we have a hope, we have a future, and we have a joy beyond understanding. Because He has overcome, in both this life and the next – so can we. Because He has forgiven, so can we. And because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Amen.