Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12 (NIV)
Working in the cool shade on a surprisingly hot day at the end of September, Sidney Head, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and Destin Laronde, Metis Nation, were painting a mural on a wall designated as a public art space in The Pas, Manitoba. The central image is an orange shirt — a symbol acknowledged worldwide for Indigenous Children killed in Indian boarding schools in the United States and residential schools in Canada. The mural was ready for memorials across the U.S. and Canada on Thursday, Sept. 30, the newly designated Truth and Reconciliation Day in Canada and Remembrance Day in the U.S.
Happy New Year! Each new year gives us an opportunity to look back and look forward. Looking back is a Biblical principle. We are called to remember all that the Lord has done for us, and for His people down through history. The Biblical narrative does this. It is a record of the activities of God from creation to the establishment of the global Church. So it shouldn’t surprise us that 1 Chronicles 16:11-22 tells us this: “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.” This verse is perfect for New Year’s Day. As we look forward to a brand new year, we will constantly look to the Lord for His strength, direction and provision in all that comes our way in 2022. In order to do that with confidence, it calls us to look back and recall all that the Lord has done for us in the past. As you do, He will remind you of His faithfulness, provision and love.
These have been words from the heart.