Jeremiah 29:11 ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “

This verse comes from a letter that Jeremiah wrote to his fellow Jews that had been carried into exile by the Babylonians. For even though much of his earlier prophecies had been that of judgment, this letter was full of great promise and hope for them. And so today on this very first day of 2021 I declare this verse into our lives. For if you’re like me, most of 2020 felt like being an exile myself…displaced and forced to be absent from everything I once considered normal. But God hasn’t changed, nor has He forgotten us or what He wants to accomplish through us. So today let’s all face this new year with renewed hope for the future.

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