December 31Trials and Pain: Prepared for WhateverLord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before themountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth andthe world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.--Psalm 90:1-2Yet I do not advise that we end the year on a somber note. The march,not the dirge, has ever been the music of Christianity. If we aregood students in the school of life, there is much that the yearshave to teach us. But the Christian is more than a student, more thana philosopher. He is a believer, and the object of his faith makesthe difference, the mighty difference.Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whateverthe New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christhe has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face aloneand unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraidbecause yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace andtoday he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling placewill always have a safe habitation.The Warfare of the Spirit, p. 148"Thank You, Father, for all You've taught me this past year. ThankYou for the stretching experiences. Thank You for Tozer's wisecounsel. Thank You for the privilege of serving You. Thank You forYour love and grace. Amen."