Perhaps 2015 was a wonderful year for you, and you can't wait to see what 2016 will bring. Or maybe you've been through one struggle after another and are glad the year finally ended.

In a recent article, I was reminded of the apostle Paul's perspective on his own struggles. Dr. Ralph Wilson writes, "Talk about failure! Throughout his life he was opposed, persecuted, shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead, deserted by trusted coworkers, slandered and scorned. Sometimes it seemed that projects to which he had devoted years were turning to dust before his eyes. But during one of his stints in prison, we can see from one of his letters an unwillingness to quit. 'Forgetting what is behind,' he wrote, 'and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.' (Phil 3:13-14, NIV)" 

This year, let us press ever closer in to God — our Provider, our Encourager, our Sustainer, our Salvation. May we trust Him, whatever comes along, and bless others along the way.

A thought from the Word ...
Ezekiel 11:19
I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them...

One of 2015's special blessings came on the very last day, as a new baby was added to the Homecoming family on December 31st! Click here to see this little sweetie!
We told you last week that Natalie Grant's daughter Gracie was in the ICU, and we're happy to report that she is now recovering at home. Natalie shares more about that here and expresses her appreciation for all the prayers that have gone up for their family.
Hoping to read the Bible all the way through this year, or just looking for a new reading plan? We've found a website that offers a number of free plans ... click here to find which one might be right for you this year!
Reba Rambo-McGuire spent a sweet holiday week with Buck and Mae Rambo, and she gave us an update on her father's condition here. Prayers are greatly appreciated!
Thanks to all of you who wrote to Homecoming in 2015! We'd love to hear from more of you in 2016, and we'll continue to share some of our favorite letters, photos and creative works from you in each issue. Click here for suggestions and guidelines, and we hope to hear from you soon!