The shepherds of the Alps have a beautiful custom of ending the day by singing an evening farewell to one another. The air is so pure that the songs can be heard for very long distances. As the sun begins to set, they gather their flocks and begin to lead them down the mountain paths while they sing, “‘Thus far has the LORD helped us.’ Let us praise His name!”
Finally, as is their beautiful custom, they sing to one another the courteous and friendly farewell “Goodnight! Goodnight!” The words then begin to echo from mountainside to mountainside, reverberating sweetly and softly until the music fades into the distance.
~ from Streams in the Desert, December 31st
God has brought me through this past year, and I must believe that He is able to and will be faithful to lead me through 2015. I have a mixture of feelings about the year ahead: fear, excitement, uncertainty, hope, worry, resolve. But the important thing is that God is in control, that He has guided me to this point, and that He will not abandon me now. He is my faithful Shepherd, and I rest in His love for me and His promise to guide me along the right path.
“Thus far has the LORD helped [me].” – 1 Samuel 7:12
“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” – Psalm 37:23
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