Prayer (5 minutes): Give your concerns, fears, hopes, and visions for 2017 over to God. Relinquish control of your life, and let the Spirit guide your time together.
Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?
John 1:1-5 (ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Meditation (5 minutes): Meditate on the line below. Repeat it 3x out loud.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
How does this prepare you to face today/this week/the new year? Everyone is saying 2016 was the worst year ever. Was that true for you? If so, what does this line mean for you?
The light still shines. Darkness has not won. Rehearse this truth to yourself throughout the day. Have a great start to the year. See you tomorrow!