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Kimberly writes, teaches, raises kids, and revels in a perpetual state of wanderlust on the East Coast.

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  1. Well I absolutely love the idea of breaking bread and sipping wine amidst our frustrating human frustration! Thank you for sharing and affirming the grace we have available always despite our humanity…because, Jesus!

  2. Thank you for this article! This will be a wonderful new tradition for our family! New Years blessings!

  3. Wow! Kimberly, this is so beautiful and real! Thank you so much for allowing us a glimpse into your family’s sacred tradition. I’ve never thought to celebrate that way, but what more fitting way is there?

  4. Thank you! As a relative new widow venturing out in faith to serve in new ways, I was caught first by your statement “God knows what will unfold, and He has already provided a way into the unknown” reaffirms where I must keep my eyes focused while providing blessed assurance. Each day I am in awe and giddy at the fact He chose me to be His child.

    • Jayne, I, too, am a new widow. I was caught by her caption also. Never would I have dreamed last New Year’s Eve that I would not have my precious husband this year. I know my Father goes before me so I can anticipate the new year without fear. A simple communion is a special way to focus on our Savior & Redeemer who will never leave us or forsake us!

      • Diane,

        So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and friend. I pray you find comfort and peace in knowing He has plans for you. May you feel His loving arms surrounding you now and always!!

        ((((((Hugs))))))

    • Jayne,

      So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband and friend. I pray you find comfort and peace in knowing He has plans for you. May you feel His loving arms surrounding you now and always!!

      ((((((Hugs))))))

  5. A great tradition invented and practiced by your family reminding us that past year is history and ask for faith and trust God to lead us in to the mystery of that our Heavenly Father has planned for us. I will make this a tradition for my family from this year

  6. I LOVE this!! If you don’t mind, I’d like to share it with my husband and see about starting this lovely God and Christ centered tradition in our own home. Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. Hi Kimberly,
    Your writing inspired me in so many ways. I love your New Year’s Eve tradition and will start doing that this year. This year, the kids are with their dad all week, and I will be alone for the first New Years in years. I contemplated asking around for somewhere to go or to find something to do, but the idea of aloneness on New Years quickly fell away as I have checked off so many big items off my To Do list and am feeling so much eagerness to plow through and get as much done before the kids return as I can.

    After a very challenging year emotionally and logistically, I have seen God working for my kids and me in amazing ways day after day. So what better tradition to start than to be intentional and mindful of giving thanks for 2016 and stepping in humbly into 2017. Thank you for sharing – I cannot wait to do this!

    And I love your line, “We are so frustratingly human.” It sums up my thoughts over and over as I have continued to use my faith to support and nourish my kids through life and then only to receive eye rolls, “are you done yet?” and “I don’t believe in God anymore.” While it is fine, sweet child of mine, that you don’t believe, must you say it every time I mention God?? 😉
    Blessings and happy new year!
    Sara

    • Sara, your comment about your kids made me laugh;) Mine are SO reluctant every year. And when we read the Bible, pray, attend church… Keep on pressing forward:) I’ll be thinking of you this year as we take communion, and praying for your 2017.

  8. Why have I never thought of this tradition! It makes so much sense! I love this, and I love that it is done with the whole family. Such an amazing way to welcome the New Year!

  9. Oh, my goodness. What a perfectly appropriate way to bring in the new year. I’m wondering if this would work with a group of friends as well — so often I’m frustrated by our lack of focus and quiet introspection when we gather as Christians.

  10. Well Kimberly, I’m from Costa Rica. Thanks for sharing with us this article. I will love to have this same familiar tradition, I will try to improve it this year. May God continue blessing you in the coming 2017!!!

  11. Such a wonderful tradition! I love the idea of thanking our Lord for the past year and inviting him into the next. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. I absolutely love this! Shared it with my husband–we are celebrating our first New Years as a married couple and it would be wonderful to start a tradition! Thank you!

  13. I grew up in a rather conservative denomination. Each New Year’s Eve the church hosted a family game night. From volleyball to Hi Ho Cherry O with lots of snacks provided. Close to midnight we would all gather in the sanctuary for communion (with grape juice).
    Later as an adult I would hear, “What does communion have to do with New Years Eve? That’s a crazy tradition.”
    You explained it beautifully! Thank you for making it clearly reasonable.

  14. REALLY Beautiful. Thanks for sharing this inspiring and very grounding story. It is a wonderfully different perspective of what the New Year can mean.

  15. I have always prayed in the New Year, I have found myself taking Communion at various times for health reasons, I have even found the grace to do some fasting, it is a wonderful way to usher in the New Year, 2017 for us and 5777 on the Jewish calendar.

  16. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I hope you and your family have a blessed and happy New Year! Xo ❤

  17. Kimberly,

    What a nice tradition to do on New Year’s Eve. Our little Christian church does communion each and every Sunday. We have someone read/do a communion meditation, sing a special song & have communion brought to us. I find it refreshing to think about telling God we are only human. Please come with us into the New Year and walk with us.

    Have a blessed New Year’s Eve!! 🙂

  18. I love this! My kids are grown but there’s no reason a new tradition can’t be started between me and my husband! A really wonderful idea. Blessings to you and your writing in 2017.

  19. How lovely to be reading this just 10 min before the new year begins. What a beautiful post and tradition. It makes me want to pause tonight and give thanks, hard year though it was. Gratitude really is the best backdrop for new beginnings.

    Wishing you all the best in the new year my dear friend!

  20. I do so appreciate your website but have just recently been unable to finish reading the daily Joannepiece due to a ‘share,tweet,pin’ feature at the bottom of the feature. Help please? Happy New Year to you & yours.