Greetings and Happy New Year!

Yes. 2023 is here! Everything feels new, and fresh possibilities abound. Or at least that’s how I feel. Although I wonder about that sometimes. I’ve had a frustrating morning, struggling with a stubborn computer all day trying to put this blog out!

This morning I began once again my reading the Bible through. That would be Genesis, of course! I did notice something new in these first few awesome chapters. One thing that struck me was the word “let”, and the other is the phrase, “it was so.” It fascinates me to consider how some word or phrase that I’ve read 100 times can strike me anew with truth. Thus, my New Year thoughts:


“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament, and it was so.” Genesis 1:6-7

In Genesis 1, the little word “let” appears 13 times. I was considering what an ocean of meaning there is here in this context of creation. “Let”, “allow”, “permit” all carry the idea of Someone, with authoritative power, granting something desired. After granting an act of creation, wherein God speaks, “Let there be light,” or “Let there be a firmament,” etc., the scripture says, “and it was so.” Our sovereign God opens His mouth, speaks “Let it be…” and it was so. His power, His Word are unfathomable to us as humans, yet we believe it, and we cling to the truth of that sovereignty, so that when we hear Him say that we are His and He will never allow anyone to snatch us out of His hand (John 10:27), His power is absolute and He can say “I will never let anyone take you away from Me,” He means it. Just as He put His stamp of approval on His creation. He spoke…and it was so! I know when I may feel lost and deserted and alone, I can rest on His promise…You are Mine. Because, It is so.

A great promise with which to begin a new year. He is sovereign. Trust in it.

Hope to see you back here at Love Notes next week!

Love, Lois