Now, in all of these experiences, we are to 2017. We are even starting the 'new' year on a Sunday! A change in attitude could be an excellent 'new' year resolution. Change of attitude to praise God! To praise God for the good things that God has given us, not that we did, and God being with us (Emmanuel!) through the difficult things might be a major shift for some of us. This could be a whole new 'giant' for us to face. It is a different perspective to thank, and praise, God for anything and everything.
Isn't it wonderful that while we are facing this 'giant,' and praising God, we can be celebrating Emmanuel -- God IS with us (remember we just celebrated Jesus' birthday!) through the change to 2017, facing this 'giant' (and any other 'giants' you are facing) and the experiences? Isn't it wonderful that we can feel God's presence with us guiding us to make the changes and face the giants?
I encourage you, as we start into 2017, to spend the time with God -- personal time AND community (worship) time. I encourage you to be listening to what God is asking you to do. I encourage you to make the changes, even if it is something new(!), to face the 'giants' in your life. I encourage you to thank, and PRAISE, God for God's loving presence with you.