NEW YEAR REFLECTION

One of our distinctives at Sojourn is to be contemplative community, meaning we want our community to be one that slows down to connect with Jesus. Because of that, we will not be holding our weekly Gathering on Sunday, December 30th. Rather, we want you to use that time to reflect on this past year, while looking forward to the coming year.

Please use this resources below on the morning of the 30th to connect with the Lord.

Personal

In the wonderful hymn, Come Thou Fount, we find some rich but interesting words. One of them is, "Here I raise my Ebenezer." From a distance, it is easy to think the writer was a fan of author Charles Dickens. However, the meaning of the words are unrelated to Ebenezer Scrooge, and instead references an event in 1 Samuel 7 where God delivers His people from danger and the prophet Samuel raises a memorial stone, naming it Ebenezer. The call to raise our Ebenezer is to remember how God has come in our lives and rescued or met us.

We are not meeting as a community on December 30th because we wanted to create space to, "raise our Ebenezer" together and consider ways that God has showed up and met us over the past year. We have a few questions to aid you that morning. Our encouragement to you in this personal time is to reflect by journaling through how God has met you over the last year. Prayerfully consider these questions:

Where have you seen God at work in your life over 2018?

What fears did you have going into this year? Where have you seen God's faithfulness to silence those fears?

Family

In the wonderful hymn, Come Thou Fount, we find some rich but interesting words. One of them is, "Here I raise my Ebenezer." From a distance, it is easy to think the writer was a fan of author Charles Dickens. However, the meaning of the words are unrelated to Ebenezer Scrooge, and instead references an event in 1 Samuel 7 where God delivers His people from danger and the prophet Samuel raises a memorial stone, naming it Ebenezer. The call to raise our Ebenezer is to remember how God has come in our lives and rescued or met us.

We are not meeting as a community on December 30th because we wanted to create space to, "raise our Ebenezer" together and consider ways that God has showed up and met us over the past year. We have a few questions and an activity to aid you and your family that morning as you process some of the ways God has met you and your family specifically this past year.
James 1 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God the Father. What are some gifts that God has supplied. When you think of gifts, think beyond tangible things and focus more on the intangibles gifts that he has supplied.
Where have you seen God answer prayers?
What is something that God has been working in you in this year?

Activity

Recall God's faithfulness throughout the year together as a family. You can do this through writing on pieces of paper to make a 'small book' to collect your families memories, which you can then pull out and remind your family of in future years. Another idea would be to gather some rocks from outside and give each of your kids a few rocks. Similar to how God spoke to Joshua in Joshua 4 to place stones of remembrance out to remind the Israelites of God's faithfulness, you can use the rocks to recall answered prayers or moments where you saw God's faithfulness in your own lives. 

Printable Versions:

Personal Reflection

Family Reflection