January 26, 2014 by Beth Hess
January has been cold. Bone-chilling temperatures and heart-jarring events.
Unexpected goodbyes. Health scares way, way too close to home. Days with far too little sun both at my window and in my soul.
I’ve been hanging onto GRACE with chapped hands and a dampened spirit. I’m so, so very hungry for it break through the ice of these days and block the wind of heartache that won’t stop stealing my breath. I know that God is here — even in this season. But it’s so much harder to feel Him with the layers piled on to try and stop the cold. And it’s been so very cold.
The only way I know to warm myself is with the Light. To let the Scriptures strike as flint in my spirit. And to return to the embers over and over, fanning them with Amens until the spark becomes a flame impenetrable by winter’s short days and long, damp nights.
GRACE is my word for the year. But the WORD is my fuel for a life.
So I set my attention — my intention — here. To return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To dedicate myself to remembering the words throughout the 168 hours of a week. The cold ones. And also the sunny ones. The ones filled with laughter. And any met with tears. To speak God’s Word when He feels far away. And also when He’s so very close.
For as many of those weeks as I am able, I will post my Word of the Week here, along with any reflection on its selection. As God often likes to do, He will likely bring here those who might also be blessed by meditating on that particular scripture throughout the week. Or maybe He will use it as a springboard of thought to inspire you to find your own. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading.
It’s feeling warmer already.
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:16)