New Years Reflection

2011 was a wild year for me. Driving through Eastern Europe, a train across China, a earthquake in Turkey, a revolution in Egypt, taking my kids to monkey forest in Indonesia. And best of all, landing back in NZ to celebrate Christmas as a family.

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Tonight I am leading a short reflection time at our New Years Eve celebration here at Ngatiawa contemporay monastery. Some of the liturgy is taken and adapted from Grace New Years [Jonny Baker].

I uploaded the PDF it so you can use it also at your party or service. I hope this New Year’s eve will be one in which you recognize the many gates of opportunity God has opened for you in 2011 and will find courage to walk through the gates that open before you in 2012.

God give you a gentle transition into the next year.



Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Thank you for your prayers. I have not had such a wild ride as you but it has been a curious year indeed. We don’t always make a big thing of New Year in our household, but this year I sense I need to move into this next year with my eyes wide open. I do pray for courage to walk through those gates that appear this year.
    May God bless you and your family in this year ahead. May it be a year of consolidating what you have started.

  • Happy New Year Andrew and to your family. I would love to join you in your journey so please let me know how I can contribute.

  • I will be sending out our prayer letter soon, Gary and update our supporters on 2012 movements.
    Oh that gate in the picture is the Forbidden City in Beijing, which I walked through earlier this year.

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