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Topic: YEAR (05/17/18)
- TITLE: My Tomorrow
By Donna Powers
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Tomorrow will begin the New Year, and I can't wait! This year Billy and I will get married!
This time last year, I was just another single woman. I went to a New Years' party and met Billy. Last Christmas, he asked me to marry him.
This year will be a procession of planning; of flowers, invitations and dresses.
I'm so blessed! Billy is handsome and sweet and he loves me. I do wish he didn't drink so much. I especially wish his walk with the Lord seemed more important to him, but - nobody's perfect, and he chose me!
Yes, tomorrow will begin the New Year .... and it'll be our year!
Tomorrow will begin a New Year - but the only reason I know is seeing the revelers in Times Square with their Happy New Year banners. I'm not too excited about another year where all I can think about is finding a way to get high.
I didn't set out to be an addict. I dreamed of being a dancer. I came to New York City to work with a famous teacher. I even got parts in a few off-Broadway shows. But then, someone offered me some stuff, and I tried it.
And then, I tried some more. Eventually, my whole life was about the "more."
There are places in this city that say they can help addicts. I've been to a few, but I always end up looking for that same old "more." Tonight, I just want to get through this night.
Yeah, tomorrow may be a New Year - how I wish it could be different, for me.
Tomorrow will begin the New Year, and I know this year will be my last.
Sometime this year, my date with a lethal injection will be set - and my earthly life will end.
I was convicted of murder, and I'm guilty of that crime. Yet, I also know the man I was when I committed that crime isn't the man I am today. I've been forgiven, and I'm a new creation.
A few years after I here, I started going to a Bible study. At first, I went just to have an hour outside my cell. But something in the Word... Something gripped me, deep inside. I asked the teacher to speak to me privately, and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
I know I still have to pay for the crime I committed. But I also know that, in heaven, that crime will not be part of my identity.
I plan to spend this year learning more about the One Who saved my soul - and, as the Lord allows me - to spread that joyous news to as many of my cellmates as possible.
Yes - tomorrow is a New Year. Sometime this year, I will see the Face of my Lord!
Tomorrow will begin the New Year, and with it, I'll do my best to serve God.
My small congregation is full of wonderful Bible-believing folks, but they're mostly elderly - and bewildered at the fate of their neighborhood. Every day, we see homeless people and drug dealers and hear the blaring sirens interrupt our worship services.
I can foresee some opportunities to make an impact for God. A few days ago, a young couple came in for pre-marital counseling. The young man's mother was a member of this church. The young woman is starry-eyed, and she's definitely a believer. So, why am I uneasy about them, Lord? What is it You're trying to tell me?
Next month, I'm scheduled to be the visiting chaplain at the prison. One of our members has been teaching a Bible class there, and he told me of a condemned prisoner who is a new believer. I'm looking forward to meeting him. Perhaps God will allow me to be part of that man's last year.
This neighborhood around me seems full of need; yet, who am I to meet those overwhelming needs?
Outside the window, I see many people passing by. There's a woman standing there, now. She looks lost, God. She's shaking; as many do, when they're seeking the solace they think they'll find in their next needle.
What would you have me do, Lord?
Tomorrow is the New Year. But I'll begin it tonight, by offering that shaking soul a cup of tea.
Prov 3:6 "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (KJV)
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