Category Archives: New Year

Looking Forward

As we approach the end of 2011, I got to thinking of how at the end of a year we review and project to the new year. It’s natural. We do it at the end of a project, a phase of life, a semester . . . . Definitely we want to do it at the end of the year, so that we move forward with renewed purpose and vigor, having assessed our strengths and weaknesses, taking forward lessons learned.

The funny thing is, as I thought of looking forward, a childhood hymn came to me: “Looking upward everyday.” On reflection, it is not really strange. As people of faith, for us to really move forward, we have to look upward to God for counsel and guidance, wisdom and strength. This is God’s life and the work we do is God’s work.

At the end of 2011, how are you looking upward? How are you enabling your students to look upward?

Leaving every day behind
Something which might hinder;
Running swifter every day;
Growing purer, kinder—

Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

Guest Blog: An Extended Season of Expectation

John Wesley is widely credited with instituting a tradition known as the “watch-night.” The concept behind the event can be hard to explain to people (especially students), but essentially, it’s prayer, just prayer, in anticipation for what God will do in the new year. Most watch-night events took place from sundown until sunrise, sandwiching that… Continue Reading