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It is Thursday, December 31, and I’m sitting at my kitchen table, proofing the final draft of my student book for Grammar Boot Camp Junior (

I pause and in the stillness of my kitchen, I notice sounds. Ordinary sounds.
Cars and trucks are swishing up and down our hill.
High overhead, there’s the distant rumble of a departing flight.
Next door, Mike and Katrina’s dogs are barking to get in.
The furnace fan comes on and warm air blows across the floor.
The dishwasher rinse water gurgles briefly in the drain.
And our old kitchen clock gives a steady ticktock. It seems louder than usual, as if on this the last day of 2020 every second needs to be noticed.

I put down my pencils, push my papers aside.

There is much gratitude in my heart. Thankful I am for the faithfulness of God in 2020, and in the midst of trying times, I have witnessed great victory through His power.

Today, like all that have preceded, will fade as the sun sets and will become yesterday, and then tomorrow will be today. But tonight, when it does, there is more — for we will step into 2021, a brand new year. As I contemplate 2021, I am aware of a deep yearning in my soul, of an eager anticipation in my spirit.

On the eve of this new year, to my family and friends, I declare —

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children

May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you

In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you

He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you
He is for you, He is for you

Amen, amen, amen
Amen, amen, amen

“The Blessing,” written February 27 and first sung on March 1 in Sunday worship service, was released in live video on March 20, 2020.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Chris Brown / Steven Furtick / Cody Carnes / Kari Brooke Jobe
The Blessing lyrics © Worship Together Music, Capitol Cmg Paragon, Be Essential Songs, Kari Jobe Carnes Music, Writers Roof Publishing

Numbers 6:24-26.

The Blessing with Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes | Live From Elevation Ballantyne | Elevation Worship

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