The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Ex. 33:14

Heavenly Father, on our mystery-laced, mercy-graced journey Home, you’re always with us and completely for us. We will never have an Abba-less day, this side of heaven—including this January Saturday.

All of us are still doing the “COVID-dance,” and we’re so ready for a different song and to learn the salsa. Protect us, keep us wise and loving towards our neighbors.

Some of us are going through transitions and we feel vulnerable and fearful. Free us from looking around—fueling the poison of comparison and the toxin of envy. Keep us looking up—trusting you, your timing, and provision.

Some of us are walking in stressful relationships—made even more trigger-able in recent months. Help us love our spouse, kids, parents, siblings, and friends “as unto you.” Free us from over-expecting from anyone, and under-believing you for each of them.

We praise you for our healthy relationships, closest friends. and our “Gospel posse.” In this next season, help us treasure the moments and share our weaknesses, laugh louder and encourage each other to love and good deeds.

Above all, by your Spirit and the Gospel, deepen our relationship with Jesus in 2021. Restore us to our first love, and take us to places with Jesus we’ve never been. When Jesus is our greatest treasure, everything/everyone else gets a proper size and value. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ bold and beautiful name.