Dear 2021,

Originally published Tuesday, 02 February 2021.

In their hearts humans plan their course,

    but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9 NIV

Dear Twenty Twenty-One,

Your predecessor has left us lost and dazed
Cautious and timid with our goals
Only by the Spirit is our faith unfazed
We’re hopeful our love will touch many souls

Our expectations for you are quite low
Given the year we’ve just been through
Our hopes and dreams are high even so
We wonder if any will come true

We do not know what trials you may bring
Or what blessings for us lay in store
But we trust Him of whom the angels sing
Who will provide now and evermore

And so, New Year, we welcome you with grace
Content to live each day that follows day
To finish strong the next leg of our race
Trusting in the Truth, the Life, the Way

A Child of God













Linda L.

Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.