A New Year’s Prayer

2016On December 31, 2015, New Year’s Eve, I awoke from a vivid dream in which I’d been surrounded by others at the sort of conference center that one might find in a nice hotel. A pianist was playing nice background music from the lobby, catching my attention as she began to play a familiar tune. As I began to sing, many others joined in:

God bless America, land that I love
Stand behind her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains, to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home sweet home

I’d sung the words as a heartfelt prayer, with my eyes closed. When I opened them there was a nice looking man standing next to me who I believe was the Lord, and He encouraged me to keep on singing. Today, as I welcomed 2016 during my quiet time, He directed me to Psalm 100 and Psalm 101:1:

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.

May 2016 be a year in which we, His people, seek Him above all else and joyfully sing His praises, for:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

May God bless all who read this, whether you are in America or in any other nation on earth, for He is there. May 2016 be a year in which you encounter Him  and His sufficiency, His grace, and His mercy in every aspect of your life.

2 thoughts on “A New Year’s Prayer

  1. Barbara, Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I wish to share a wonderful Christmas miracle that the Lord blessed me with during the Christmas season on Dec 22nd actually. Through a group of individuals on Facebook known as the Search Squad, I have located my birth family and the siblings/brothers that never knew I existed. I was left information about them by my birth-mother whom I also learned died in 1997 at the age of 84. I knew it was a possibility but it is still said that I never got to meet her, hug her, thank her for the gift of my life.

    My one half-brother, John, is married to Rose and have two children: Katie (who is married with one daughter, Florence) and Tom. Katie is very excited about me being her auntie because I look very much like my birth-Mom. The Ford Family live in England and say the resemblance to my Mom is striking.

    It is for this wonderful blessing that I shall be praising and thanking God for the rest of my days here on earth, for this is a prayer answered, a wish granted and a dream come true for me.

    I do ask for prayers as we get to acquaint ourselves with one another as it is understandingly shocking for them to find out that they have a sister who is 60 years young!! My brothers are both 10 years older than me!!


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