This New Year


This New Year

By Susie Teramura

The doorbell rings,

Pizza shaped

Amazon box

Lies on

The step.

Shutting the door

A gust of

Frozen air

Lifts my bangs.

My heart

Sighs heavy,

It’s my new calendar,

With colorful pictures of


Valentine’s hearts,

Fourth of July fireworks,

Picnics and pumpkins

Ending with

A majestic, green tree,

Like the one I just

Took down and

Left on the curb.

Running my hands

Over the glossy pages

Smelling the newness

Like a textbook

On the first day

Of school

I breathe deep

Looking at those white

Empty squares,

Row after row,

A new year

Fresh and clean


Like a

Blanket of snow

Fallen quiet

While all the

World sleeps

And my mind


And wonders,

What is ahead?

What will fill those

Hours, minutes, and days?

So much unknown,

So much

New, clean, white,

Paper to mess up.

Leaves me with

The desire

To pause,

Take a tuck in time,

To get myself ready,

Like setting the table

Before a fancy dinner

I want to be ready,

And not miss

A beat,

But the only beat I hear

Is my heart

That won’t stop.

And like the ticks

Of a clock

Time, it doesn’t stop.

There is no pause

Between Dec 31 and Jan 1.

It’s just another day,

And yet its not,

A new year begins.

I find my pen,

My favorite one,

And begin writing our

Crazy, messy, schedule in

Square by square,

And I talk to You,

Father of time.

“I messing it up


This new year,

I am not ready,

And what will it hold,

What hard thing is

Waiting around

The corner?”

But your

Presence comes

Quiet and

Settles in

Soft and steady,

“I’m here and

Will be

There too.

There is not

One hour,

Minute, or second

That will pass without

Me in it,

And I am

The Game Changer.”

And so I start

Thinking as

I am writing

Down Birthdays

About You

And how

There is

No one like


You are the




You are



The most kind

Most faithful

Most forgiving

Most wise

You are

The happiest,

The funniest,

The most creative.

You have the

Most power,

And the

Best ideas.

You are always

True and

Never wrong


All of You

With me.

And I start

To see,

This really is

A game changer

Because You are

The playmaker

And I am just

Along for the ride,

Safely tucked under

Your arm,

And carried

Close to your heart.

I find a tack and

A space on

Our kitchen wall

And hang up

The New Year,

Pages waiting

To be filled.

The sun

Pours through

The window

And casts a

Warm and

Hopeful Glow

I smile soft.

That’s just


Loving on me

I know.

Psalm 148: 14

And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.

Isaiah 40:11

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Revelation 21; 5

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Jeremiah 29:11The Message (MSG)

I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.


15 thoughts on “This New Year

  1. I was so happy to see your post in my inbox again, Susie! 🙂 As I read your poem, my heart sighs with hope to think that God is with us every hour, minute, and second and how we are safely tucked under His arm and close to His heart. Thank you! Love and hugs!

  2. Susie,
    I’m happy to welcome you back too (as Trudy so nicely put it above!)

    I have similar thoughts when I open the calendar for a new year! (Your descriptions of the pages made me wonder which one you have since I ordered the Karen Kingsbury one from Dayspring since I love the photos and quotes from her books!) But I wonder, too, what good things a year holds, then my mind shifts to what hard things will this year bring or what sadness or difficulties and I have to stop and remember that God will give me the grace to get through whatever fills up my days, just as you so beautifully said here.

    Susie, your words a real treat and I miss you when you’re too busy to post — I understand though, but just know that there’s a space in this community that can only be filled by you! Much love to you (and I’m going to soon send you a photo of where your lovely card is displayed in my house!) xoxox

  3. Hi Valerie! -So nice to be back and connect with you here this week 🙂 My calendars are from Dayspring too! I do love getting a new calendar- and attempting to get organized. Sometimes it just feels messy- haha! I was always one of those kids who didn’t want to mess up our yard on a snowy day! I liked the sparkles and how it looked so perfect and clean. God is teaching me there is more beauty in the messy and the attempts and the mistakes than the perfect because I didn’t even get out there kind of thing. (not sure if that makes sense,but) anyway. Thank you for your encouraging words- They have meant so much to me tonight!(and touched my heart!) I am so happy you liked my cards too! 🙂 sending much love! xoxo

  4. New calendar, new notebook, new year… I always want them to be lovely…
    I broke two bones in my left foot before Christmas, so I limped into the new year in a big boot. I thought I was doing ok until last week when I realized I was having a great pout.
    Thank you for your lovely poetic words of inspiration and the Message version of Jeremiah. Such consolation.

    1. Hi Elaine 🙂 I am
      So happy to hear from you! But so sorry about your foot! How hard- crazy how much “little ” bones can be such a big set back when they break!! Must have made things hard for you And I can only guess that it would
      Take time to recover in all ways! I will be praying for you to heal
      completely and be able to get your rythmn back! Sending love and hugs

  5. Pages waiting to be filled.
    I have always been a sucker for New Years Eve. I just love to stay up and watch the ball drop, but really I love the idea of a fresh start.
    Glad to see you back! 🙂

    1. Hi! I am so glad you enjoyed it and feel optimistic about the future! So thankful God promises the best is ahead and that He promises to be with us every step of the way! Blessings to you in this new year!

  6. Hi Elaine-Thank you! So happy to hear from you! It made my day! I hope you are doing well and had a beautiful Christmas and New Years celebration! (with no broken bones this year!) Hoping to get back to blogging when I get Christmas packed with care back into the boxes and the kids packed with love back college 😉 miss hearing from you and all my other blogging friends. Praying God will help me make space and graciously give me some of His words to share this year! with much love

    1. It delights my heart to read you plan to come back, Susie. 🙂 Even as I read last year’s post again, it renews my hope to know that God is with us always, no matter what. And that even that sunbeam shining through the window is God loving on us. Thank you again. God has used this post to encourage me two years in a row! 🙂 Have a Blessed 2018! I pray God will help you find the time and graciously give you more hope-filled words! Hugs!

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