Our family had the privilege of bringing in the New Year in a very old place: Rome. These are some of my favorite pictures from the time in Italy.
After three lovely days in Pescara for GCE’s Awaken conference, we took some time for our family to enjoy the old Caput Mundi. Our kids enjoyed themselves, but I found it challenging to impress upon them how remarkable it was that we were walking around in the cradle of Western civilization where some of the earliest foundations of the Christian faith were laid and where Caesars and popes have ruled throughout the centuries. I don’t know how much we succeeded in getting them to appreciate the glory and grandeur of Rome, but I sure enjoyed it. The sense of history is palpable in Rome, yet it also remains a thriving urban center today in 2012. It was a very unique setting for the New Year’s holiday (with an extra bonus of sun and mild temperatures during our visit, as well!).
During our time in Rome, I was impressed with the words of Psalm 31:14-15, where it says, “But I trust in you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hands.”
This is my hope and prayer for 2012: that I will grow in trusting God and walking by faith, content in the knowledge that my times (as turbulent and chaotic as they may often seem) are in God’s hands. I don’t think I’m going to make any other resolutions this year except for an actualization of Psalm 31:14-15.