Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
How many times this year did it feel like life was too much? As we are in the last days of 2021, it's good to reflect on your highs and lows from this year and remember that all along, God knew your innermost thoughts, your good, and your bad, and He continued to pursue you in love and make you more like Him. He is the God we are gathering to worship, one who paid the ultimate price so that in Him you may have peace.
Thank you, God, that as we prepare to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another, we live in the promise that we are new creations in You. The old is gone. Help us to leave it behind and look eagerly towards the generation of Jesus-followers You are building us into for Your name and renown.