For the last few years I have focused on one word as a theme for each year. This is a phenomenon that many other people do, so not an original idea with me. And to be honest, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
One word is simple in a noisy world that is murky and complicated. One word grounds me and guides me back to God.
Last year the word – Stretch – chose me. I am not one to remember my dreams but this word crept entered barged into my sleep one night and made itself at home within my heart. Stretch has been a good word for me this past year and described many of the adventures God offered me.
And now let us welcome the New Year
‘Full of things that nave never been.
What will 2014 hold for me? I love this time of year. I take out my journal and review the past year. I write down a summary. Then I prayfully ask God to lead me into thinking where he might want me to grow in the New Year.
Choosing a word nurtures this process.
I begin by listing potential words that appeal to me. Does one resonate more than others? I pray about them. I ask God for a word. I bring the list to my spiritual direction group and listen to their reactions and response. I pay attention to see if a new word or one word in particularly pops up in unexpected places.
I found a list of words at this useful web site.
I talk with God about my deepest desire for him. How would I describe it? What is my hunger/my yearning?
One word keeps bubbling to the top.
One word peeks around every corner of my reading, listening, praying.
One word snuggles deep within me and finds itself at home.
I read this poem today that seemed to affirm this direction:
Enfolded and Embraced
In a still gray moment
in a quiet lonely place,
may God’s gentle mantle enfold you
and circle you with grace.
May Her sweet breath brush upon you
and warm your body through,
Her gracious arms encircle you
like a flower wrapped with dew.
May you truly know within
that you are God’s delight,
and She longs to hold and love you
through your deep, deep night.
My word for 2014:
Do you have a word for 2014? I would love to hear it!