For several years now I have taken some time on New Year’s day to write a letter to Jesus. I call it my “Dear Jesus letter”.As I am writing, I go back through the previous year and give God praise and glory for all He did in my life, including the difficult things – the things He had to carry me through.
Then I talk to Him about the year before me. Sure, I make some requests and ask Him for some hopes and dreams. But more than that I talk to Him about how I hope to become more like Him. I sit at His feet of grace and mercy and ask Him to change me, mold me, draw me close to Him, and use whatever it takes to get me there.
Those aren’t easy words to write. They’re scary because I can be stubborn. And there’s no telling what it might take to get me to bend. However, from my past I know that this is the only way to find true freedom – true peace. And after all, that’s what I really want to end each year with anyway.
When I’ve finished writing my letter I fold it up, put it in an envelope, and write “Dear Jesus” and the year on the outside. Then I seal it, and keep it until the following year.
I don’t open it again until January 1st one year later.
These letters have become a testament to God’s work in my life. When I begin to doubt I have them to look back on and remember that He was faithful after all.
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