Several years ago the idea just came to me. I did not see in a magazine or on a blog. I just decided that on January 1st I was going to write a letter to Jesus.
So I began to write. And I wrote and wrote and wrote. Four handwritten, computer-size pages later I finished. At the time I was a thirty-year-old single woman. And you know the exact words, bold and obvious, that danced around those pages. Who? Where? How? Why? . . . When?
The words were my tears streaming down my face.
When I finished I folded the pages together and inserted them into a legal-sized envelope, wrote on the outside “My Letter to Jesus 2006″, and sealed it.
A year letter I unsealed that small capsule of 2006, and read those words once again. Strolling down the sententces of the past, some words created out loud laughter and others revealed the wet tear stains.
Now, five years later, I still write a letter to Jesus every year.
I encourage you to do the same.
As you reread your letter a year later, it reminds you of two important attributes of God:
God is sovereign.
But he is also
In my life so far, no year has left tear stains that are still sopping wet a year later until 2010. That was the year the soil beneath my feet disintegrated right where I stood, and all that kept me from falling were the hands of Jesus.
It was the year my husband was put on life support and underwent a heart transplant. Simultaneously in a hospital 350 miles away my mom laid dying of cancer.
But as I read my letter from last year I am reminded of his hands. His hands formed with sovereignty and faithfulness. That kept me standing.
As you write your letter:
1. Thank God for the past year – for the good . . . and the bad.
2. Tell him how you plan to grow closer to him in the new year.
3. Ask him to show you where he wants to take you and to give you the courage to fall into his plan.