Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

In thinking about 2010, my "hymn of the year" comes to mind. Much of "How Firm a Foundation" has applied to my life in the past year, but specifically this week I was humming these verses:

"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine."

Dross is defined as:

impurity: worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
slag: the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

This year has been defined by flames consuming "scum". As a result...we are being refined. Also as a result... I am beyond ecstatic to see 2010 come to an end. In fact, all month I had an urge to burn something. Every time someone said, "I can't believe 2010 is almost over!" I thought, "Let it burn."

So on New Year's Eve in an inspired moment I took a lighter outside with my 2010 calendar (it would cause less damage than some of the other things I considered burning).
When S. came home to find me in the backyard in a burning lost love for the past year...he laughed and cheered.
At midnight, we sighed relief.

Happy New Year!


  1. Great idea! You should have invited me over to burn 2010 with you.

    :) :) :)

  2. I nearly shouted "YES! I SURVIVED!" when 2010 was FINALLY over. But, I was with a group of folks I don't know all that well, so I opted to keep my celebration inside. Burning the calendar sounds like a brilliant idea. :)

    Love the hymn verses you posted. Thanks for sharing!

    Looking forward to all God does in 2011... praying it is a year of answers, but knowing that the Lord will be faithful no matter what.