December, for me, has a beautiful routine attached to it:
Throughout the year I keep a detailed journal of my days with God. I journal carefully about the things that happen in my life, any scriptures that I notice from the Bible that day, and anything that I sense God saying.
Well, on 1 December I always begin to re-read my journal for the past year. I sit in the early morning in my living room, before my family wake up; the lights on the tree are sparkling, and I feel at peace. As I open the journal and begin at 1st January of that year -- I embark on a big month of reflection.
What on earth happened this year, Lord, and what did you do in my life?
What do you want me to remember?
This morning I noticed a beautiful word that I'd written in my journal. It was a word of hope that I wrote on the first day of our community fast last year, in January. I'd been chatting to God about the SUM ministry, and this is what I sensed from him:
In places where the faithless mill around, we are going to see songs breaking out.
A song will break out.
It's going to come to our houses.
It's a song that will break out amongst the unfaithful, the really really unfaithful.
The song is this:
'Thine be the glory, risen conquering son. Endless is the victory, thou over death has won."
I notice this morning that when the shepherds saw an angel who told them about Jesus's birth, all of a sudden a song broke out there and then in the field -- Right there, in their place of daily ordinariness.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men! (Luke 2:13-14, NKJV)
I can picture that raucous breaking out -- Of song!
Hang in there SUMites, I believe that everything we stoke -- all our prayers, all our love for our family -- will result in a song of faith breaking out.
In the meantime, it is now a month to celebrate and focus on the birth of our Savior -- The risen, conquering Son.
Love you all, SUMites!