Friday, January 01, 2010

New Year's Meme

From the RevGals:

1. What will you gladly leave behind in 2009? Fast food. Cheap, fried meals in a bag of all kinds. I don't need it, I no longer want it. This past year I ate way too much of it.

2. What is the biggest challenge of 2010 for you? I'm going to be 31 soon, and my metabolism ain't getting any faster. It's a New Year's cliche to resolve to lose weight, but when I completely give myself to it I do what I need to do. The challenge is to do it in light of Coffeeson's schedule. With all I'm looking forward to doing this year, this is the one thing I don't have a clear plan for yet.

3. Is there anything that you simply need to hand to God and say "all will be well, for you are with me"? I just began my sixth year at my church, and I've been reflecting a lot on what it takes to maintain a long-term ministry that is effective and creative. I know that I'm going to be here for a while yet, so letting God handle this would be a big relief for me.

4. If you could only achieve one thing in 2010 what would it be? To continue being the best husband and father that I can be. To support Coffeewife in her career and degree pursuit and to spend all the time that I can with Coffeeson.

5. Post a picture, poem or song that sums up your prayer for the year ahead.... One of my favorite newer hymns is "In the Midst of New Dimensions." Here are the words:

In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways,
Who will lead the pilgrim people wandering their separate ways?
God of rainbow, fiery pillar leading where the eagles soar
We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

Through the floods of starving people, warring factions and despair,
Who will lift the olive branches? Who will light the flame of care?
God of rainbow, fiery pillar leading where the eagles soar
We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

We are men and we are woman, all persuasions, old and young,
each a gift in the creation, each a love song to be sung.
God of rainbow, fiery pillar leading where the eagles soar
We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

As we stand a world divided by our own self-seeking schemes,
Grant that we, the global village, might envision wider dreams.
God of rainbow, fiery pillar leading where the eagles soar
We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.

And here's a guy playing it on the organ:

11 comments:

altar ego said...

Prayers for you that your efforts in this new year bear fruit. And thanks for the hymn. Nice.

Pastor said...

Walking beside you on number three! You have my prayers.

revhipchick said...

wonderful hymn/prayer.

may you be blessed in all of your endeavors. peace be with you.

happy 2010!

Mompriest said...

blessings on all your endeavors for 2010!

Sally said...

I love that song, as for the fast food and fitness thing, I am with you there...

Anonymous said...

This hymn is a wonderful prayer as we begin the new year. Thank you!

Coffeeaunt #1

Jan said...

Lovely hymn. May you accomplish much in this new year.

SingingOwl said...

I'm another who loves the hymn. Had not heard it. Thank you, and blessings to you as you begin a new year as a husband, father and long-term pastor.

msmarymagdalene said...

You got bookMMMarked, and I did the MMMeMMMe too. Thanks for the focus!

Mary Beth said...

like this hymn! Thanks!

angela said...

i like the hymn too. and know what you're talking about--need to get my heart rhythm going with something besides coffee. I missed some of the fried food in a bag last year--and the longer you go without it, the more likely it is to make you sick.