I also want to say that while 2012 was an extremely hard year - it was a year of learning. I have to say that many times, my adult children were responsible for teaching me wonderful lessons about my relationship with God.
There are times when He offers us words of wisdom and we ignore them thinking we know better.
There are times when He extends forgiveness, but we stubbornly refuse thinking we've done nothing wrong.
There are times when He takes strong stands with us - sets difficult boundaries and we rebel.
There are times when all He wants to do is love us and we push Him away.
Seeing the world - especially my relationship with others through the eyes of Jesus has given me an entirely new perspective. I hold great love for so many and yet some of those folks want nothing of that love I offer.
The same is true for God. He extends His love to so many and they want nothing to do with it.
I challenge you in this new year to reach out to those unloving folks - those who are difficult to love - those who reject your best offering of love.
Write a list of those people and commit to pray--to take them to the throne of God everyday. Don't try to carry them yourself or fix them - rather be willing to leave them with the master "fixer" the One who knows and loves them best. Above all - just continue to love them - that's my goal for the New Year.