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Family Devotions for New Year’s Day 2019

by Rev. Rosanna Anderson

Sunrise over the Sea by Bogdan (Creative Commons)

Gather together with no distractions to share this time of spiritual fellowship.

One person may read the Bible passage aloud; or several family members may enjoy taking turns reading one verse at a time.

Reader(s): Let’s listen closely to God’s word for us in our Bible passage today.

Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verses 1 through 13, says,
1 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain have the workers from their toil?
10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.
11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;
13 moreover, it is God's gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.”

Conversation: Take turns talking about the Bible passage. What stood out for you in this passage? Why did it draw your attention? What does it mean for your life today?

Pray aloud together this Family Litany.

One: Heavenly Father, you are able to make all things new in your good time.

All: Thank you for being the God of our family for our past, our present, and our future.

One: In Jesus Christ, you are Emmanuel, God with us. You guide us on our journey through life.

All: We are so glad that our times and our lives are safely in your loving hands.

One: As we begin this new year, send your Holy Spirit to encourage us to always trust you.

All: Help us to speak words of grace and treat others with your love. Draw us closer to one another and to you in this new year.

Categories: Family Devotionals, New Year's Eve/Day