Last night 23 of us – mostly family, a few friends, and a couple of strangers – hiked up a hill and skied in a torchlight parade down the mountain to ring in the New Year. It was cold this year, but with the chilly temps also comes crystal clear skies and stars that twinkle like diamonds on display. The city below looked like a Deptartment 56 real-life snow village nested in the surrounding peaks. It was a cold beautiful, but we were warmed by the fellowship of one another and the bright glow of the flares that lit up the sky.
For me this tradition symbolizes so much. There are sons and nephews helping shoulder others’ loads by carrying two pairs of skis up the steep hill, aunts and friends cheering each other up the hill, and all sharing in a common goal.
Last night my niece, who was almost to the top with the other cousins, slipped on the steepest part of the hill and slid 100+ yards all the way down the pitch. Rather than crying or being discouraged, she stood right up found the grit to climb up it again. We got to celebrate her perseverance, and build her up together. It was a special moment.
Whether you find yourself at the end of 2014 standing on top of a mountain or sliding down a hill, I pray that 2015 will usher you in with hope – that you will victoriously stand at the summit. For some of you the summit will be hard won. You’ll have slipped countless times. For others, you only have to climb the hardest part once. But either way, the end result is the same. Both paths lead to the goal.
Hope comes when we lean into whatever challenge we face, and overcome it.
This is my prayer for you today – January 1st, 2015.
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Joy to you all in 2015!