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Sunday, January 01, 2006

28 Day Journey-Day Twenty Eight


Happy New Year!

Sunday 1//1//2006
28 Tiny Pieces, Huge Story

Well, it's New Year somewhere, though not in Nashville...yet. Twenty four more minutes till 12:00AM CST. But the Passion Team is done for the day and most of us aren't going to party too hard at midnight. Our Australian friends are headed into January 2 already, while you West Coast guys have a few hours to go to 2006. But whatever time zone you're in, Happy New Year!

It's our last day of the Journey. One day to Passion 06, and we are so ready. I have no idea what it's like to be with child, but I do know what it feels like to carry a vision like Passion 06 for nine months and want to have the baby. Now!

Today, we are mindful that Passion is just a little tiny piece of God's huge work among college and university students around the globe. Close by, Campus Outreach is hosting one of their regional conferences in a downtown Nashville hotel. They have another gathering happening in Atlanta (and maybe more) and Campus Crusade has conferences happening all across the nation. And these are just some of the college events going on in the US and around the world, of which Passion is just one.

God's kingdom is bigger than any of us can imagine. It would floor us if we could see all He's doing among the peoples of the earth. By grace, He has come for us, redeeming us to join His forever story...little, loved people in His amazing epic.

Father, I am so humbled to be invited into Your enduring kingdom. To have the chance to play a small role is a gift beyond words. Thank you for the 365 days of 2005. I don't take them for granted, nor do I assume I will have all 365 in 2006. But in those I do receive, please give me the grace to treasure you first in my thoughts, emotions and actions. I'm thrilled to be in Your story Jesus, Amen.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Through the day, and the year: Every little piece counts.

PS-Give us a "Happy New Year" shout and let us know what city and timezone you're in!

55 Comments:

  • I just want to thank you (Louie, and all the Passion Staff) for having a heart for college students. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to invest time in us, and Passion, and this Prayer Journey. I never thought this Prayer Journey would bless me as much as it has. God has been really working in my heart and preparing me for Passion through this Prayer Guide. I can't wait to arrive in Nashville early Monday morning. God is going to do amazing things this week!

    Lately, I've been thinking about Michael W. Smith's song I See You.
    "Everywhere I go I see You" is so true. I see Him everywhere I go. And I see Him through your ministry, and all yall have done for us. Thank you so much!! See you in Nashville.

    Happy New Year!!
    God Bless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 1:04 AM  

  • Dear Lord, I just want to thank You for all You do. Thank you for the Passion staff, and all of the people volunteering to make Passion '06 possible. Lord, I pray for safety for all those who are traveling, and I pray that your people will prepared to meet with You. I pray that You will speak to each person's heart Lord. I also pray Father, that You would bless the hearts of the students attending, the Passion Staff, and the volunteers. May Your will be done this week. We love You Lord.
    In Christ's Name I pray, Amen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 1:09 AM  

  • Happy New Year!

    Scott
    Ada, OK
    Central Time Zone

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 1:26 AM  

  • woot.

    our group is leaving for nashville today (Sunday), and we are so excited to see what God is going to do.

    namely, i'm excited to see what God is going to do in the life of my 18 year old, younger brother...who's a senior in HS. my friends and i have surrounded and lifted him up with prayers... i know God is going to do something huge.

    the other cool thing is that i've been talking to people i met LAST year at passion and we're going to try to meet up this year. friendships... so cool.

    it's always a pleasure getting to meet a fellow believer this side of eternity.

    praying for you all. thanks for all the hard work...

    paul
    conway, ark. (CST..happy new year)

    By Anonymous Paul, at 1/01/2006 1:43 AM  

  • Sarah from Birmingham,AL in the central time zone:) See you Monday!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 1:52 AM  

  • I am SO so excited to meet God in Nashville among 17,999 fellow brothers and sisters.

    Happy New Year from Richmond, VA :)
    we're leaving tonight
    see you tomorrow!

    By Anonymous Cindy, at 1/01/2006 2:03 AM  

  • Happy New Year Everyone!

    West Texas
    CST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 2:22 AM  

  • Happy New Year!!! Heading to Nashville starting with a 10am flight from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Jan 2 (tomorrow!).

    Toronto, ON, Canada, Eastern UTC -5.

    "7Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." -- Psalm 12:7 KJV

    May God keep us all safe on our journeys to and from Nashville, for His name and renown.

    Chris Luk
    University of Western Ontario

    By Blogger Christopher Luk, at 1/01/2006 2:30 AM  

  • Happy new year!
    here in charlotte, nc (est) we just got through kickin it at NYear's party with our college group. we're all stoked about P '06. we leave 6am monday...see you guys then. we've been praying for a long time and thru this journey.
    Do something "immeasurably more than we could ever ask or think" God!!!

    patrick

    By Blogger patrick, at 1/01/2006 2:32 AM  

  • I am overwhelmed tonight by God's goondess, and I'm so very anxious for Monday in Nashville. It's 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Happy new year to you all. My prayer is that I'll get to catch a glimpse of the great I AM - that my life might reflect Him more. Looking forward to seeing you all so very soon!

    By Blogger BornAgainAmen, at 1/01/2006 2:42 AM  

  • Louie and all of Passion,
    I just wanted to pass this on to you all. I was reading at the gym today about spiritual warfare and music and God showed me this verse...
    "Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm Strength, Who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight-" Pslam 144:1.... Joyce Meyer comments "Perhaps, when David played his musical instruments, his fingers were fighting. Praise, worship, singing. God's word, joy, ---all of these are weapons of warfare."
    How incredible is it that as you all are on that stage in front of thousands of people leading worship, that your fingers and the notes that you play are being used as mighty weapons of warfare.
    Praying hard for you.
    Your sister, Jeanette

    By Blogger livin4him712, at 1/01/2006 3:06 AM  

  • Happy New Year. See you on Monday

    Daryl
    Torrance,CA
    Pacific

    By Blogger Daryl, at 1/01/2006 3:14 AM  

  • I'M EXCITED!!!!

    He's more than enough!! :)

    happy new years!
    washington,dc

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 4:48 AM  

  • Happy New Year!

    Rachel
    New Bern, NC
    Eastern Standard Time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 6:32 AM  

  • I'm leaving this morning with a couple of buddies to make our way north to Nashville. Happy New Year to you and yours.

    New Port Richey, Florida where it was like eighty degrees on New Years Eve. (EST)

    May Christ be the center of attention and our desire this week and year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 6:41 AM  

  • Happy New Year! Can't wait to start it off with Passion '06! Every moment, every day, every year is His. Thank you God.

    --Stephen Uy
    Los Angeles, CA

    (PST)

    By Anonymous Stephen Uy, at 1/01/2006 7:08 AM  

  • It's 4:30 am here in California! First a thanks to David Crowder*Band-we hosted a party for our 3 sons (16, 21, 22) and all their friends. We had a guitar sing a long and 20 kids singing "Come thou fount of every blessing" brought tears to this Mom/Passion volunteer's eyes.
    I can't wait to witness what God will do.
    THANK YOU to all who have obeyed God's call and worked so hard to get us to Passion '06.

    By Blogger brenda, at 1/01/2006 7:44 AM  

  • I still have 2 tickets for Passion 06.

    I know there are plenty of people out there who really want a ticket. Just e-mail me and I will get them transferred to you. It is too awesome to miss.
    Thanks
    T.T. in Alabama

    By Anonymous T.T., at 1/01/2006 8:24 AM  

  • Thanks again for the Prayer Jouranl! You guys are awesome! Thanks for Serving HIM!!
    Happy New Year!
    EST

    By Blogger Emma Lee, at 1/01/2006 8:26 AM  

  • Happy New Year!
    We are in the Rochester, New York airport as I write. Can't wait to get to Nashville!
    I was reading a book a few weeks ago and the author talked about tithing or the giving of first fruits. He talked about tithing the first fruits of our time. Then he said that he was in the practice of commiting the first fruits of his day, the first fruits of his week (Sunday) and the first fruits of his year to the Lord.
    I was so excited to think that this is time that I will be at Passion 06. What a perfect way to start 2006.
    Happy New Year from Bath, New York
    EST

    By Blogger bev strob, at 1/01/2006 8:35 AM  

  • Hey Mr.Giglio
    Thank you for doing this 28 day prayer journey!!It was really great!!I got so much from it.And I am so excited about tomorrow!!Though I can't be there I am so excited because I know God will do great things tomorrow!!I will be keeping you all in prayer!
    And Happy New Year from New Hampshire :)
    God Bless
    Miranda

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 1/01/2006 9:01 AM  

  • "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
    Romans 12:4-5

    "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ." I Corinthians 12:12

    Thanks for the incredible journey of preparation. Though Passion is just one part of God's vast kingdom, where would we be without it? Thank you for your humble obedience and your visionary leadership.

    Happy New Year from New York! Eastern Time Zone

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 9:02 AM  

  • Happy New Year from San Jose California! I'll be leaving for Nashville in a few hours! Hope to see and meet some of you there! God Bless and God Speed!

    Terence <><

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 9:38 AM  

  • It is now 1;30 a.m. Monday 2nd in Australia--the day Passion begins!!!It is great to feel all the excitment and anticipation on the blog comments, as so many of you have prepared your hearts to worship and seek God and are now on your way. "MAY GOD DO IMMESURABLY MORE THAN ALL WE ASK OR IMAGINE"

    By Blogger gail, at 1/01/2006 9:41 AM  

  • I'm overwhelmed.
    He is SO Good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 9:52 AM  

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR...from Nashville. Nine of us drove from Wisconsin yesterday and got to Nashville around 8pm. We are ready! See you there!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 10:20 AM  

  • I am in Kansas city MO, but since I am from Atlanta, I celebrated at Atlanta's midnight so I could get to bed. happy New Year to everyone and have a safe journey to Nashville. I was just thinking this morning how I was on my way at this time last year.

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 1/01/2006 10:30 AM  

  • Already in Nashville. Excited.
    Happy New Year Everyone!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 10:40 AM  

  • Wow... we are soooo excited to worship the Almighty God with all of you tomorrow!
    Louie--you are so blessed, and we pray that you would "Be Still..." and be full of His peace! We love you!
    We are in Columbus, Ohio (Eastern Time Zone) and will be leaving bright and early in the morning with our 3 month old daughter Ella! She might just be the youngest little one at Passion '06!
    Praise the Lord!!!!
    Christian, Christen and Ella :o)

    By Blogger Snaves, at 1/01/2006 10:48 AM  

  • happy new year! the suspense is killing me and i'm ready to be there already!! see y'all soon!

    Greg
    Houston
    CST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 11:30 AM  

  • Both of my children are headed to Nashville with a good friend as I write.

    I am so grateful that my 21 year-old daughter and and 18 year-old son discovered that "tiny little piece of God's huge work" called PASSION last year. This conference fanned the flame of God's spirit in each of their hearts and I look forward to seeing what He has in store for them this year.

    How cool it must be to experience 18,000 young adults entering Nashville singing God's praises! The battle is already won and God will perform many miracles this week.

    May God bless EVERYONE involved in planning, praying for, & participating in Passion 06.

    God is good!

    Happy New Year!

    A Mom in Salisbury, MD
    EST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 11:57 AM  

  • The Vandy kids from the DFW metroplex are about to (in less than 3 hours) head back to Nashvegas for Passion! We are so excited that you all will be coming to the place that we get to call home for 9 months out of the year. Have a safe trip, and we can't wait to see you soon!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 12:43 PM  

  • Happy New YEAR!

    Fort Smith, AR
    (arkansas, not arizona)
    Central Time Zone

    By Anonymous Tony, at 1/01/2006 12:52 PM  

  • Happy New Year!

    Maureen
    Coldwater, OH
    Eastern Time

    By Blogger unseen_call, at 1/01/2006 1:16 PM  

  • Happy New Year!
    Can't wait for tomorrow.

    Jaci
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Central Standard Time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 1:43 PM  

  • May God be with all of us all year long!!

    Happy New Year from Michigan

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 2:25 PM  

  • Happy New Year! We had a New Years Eve party at church last night in Central Florida, and at midnight the biggest thought going through our minds was Passion is tomorrow! Can't wait!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 2:30 PM  

  • Happy New Year from Lexington, KY! My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you as you prepare for the beginning of the Passion06 journey! I was sitting in church this morning during our prayer time and thinking of everyone heading out to the conference and the work that is going into it, and tears began filling my eyes. Thank you for all of the hard work that you all are putting into the conference. Thank you for surrendered hearts that are listening to the calling of the Holy Spirit and answering His call.

    Our church is taking a large contingent. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend, but know that you all will be in my heart and prayers this entire week. Can't wait to hear how you've rocked Nashville!

    God's blessings on all of you as you follow His will. He is faithful to bless the work of your hands. Amen.

    Susan

    By Blogger SusanW, at 1/01/2006 3:02 PM  

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR from Murfreesboro,TN!
    I'm psyched that in 24 hrs registration begins & 17,999 of my brothers and sisters will be here, only 1 hr from the place I consider my home on this earth! May our Father bless your travels! See ya in Nashville as we begin a new year seeking after a passion for our Lord!

    Amy
    Murfreesboro, TN
    CST

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 3:09 PM  

  • Happy New Year!

    Adam from Huntsville, Alabama
    Central Time Zone

    See Yall in Nasville!!!

    By Blogger adam, at 1/01/2006 3:32 PM  

  • Heading to Passion tomorrow, the plane leaves at 6am. YIPPEE!! Can't wait to see you all there. We know how you feel Louie, my friend Kim and I have been waiting since April for January. I can't believe its almost here.

    By Blogger Yvonne Hill, at 1/01/2006 4:16 PM  

  • Happy New Year Everyone!
    Springfield, MO CST

    Louie, I wanted to thank you for this 28 day journey; it has been very thought (&prayer) provoking.
    I'm really going to miss the 268gen postings; I hope we'll still see 268gen postings fairly often after Passion is over this year; please let us know what your thoughts are, how we can pray for you guys, and what's going on...

    Passion-ies - Know that we will be praying for all of you this week:
    for those in leadership/ volunteering -to be refreshed and to be used as the Lord wishes; for all the logistical and technical aspects of such a large event; for the students - seeking hearts, opened eyes, no distractions, that God will accomplish everything He wants to in each heart present; and provide many opportunites to share what they have received with others afterwards.
    Can't wait to see what He does in 2006!
    Blessings to each of you!
    Kim

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 1/01/2006 4:19 PM  

  • Happy New Year (Central Standard Time) from Goodlettsville/Metro-Nashville!

    Welcome to all attendees. I hope everyone is prayed up, and expectant for God to do great things in our lives!

    By Blogger beloved240, at 1/01/2006 4:23 PM  

  • Hey, T.T. from Alabama....if you still have those tickets I'd be interested....drop me a line at livetoworship24@yahoo.com

    By Blogger beloved240, at 1/01/2006 4:34 PM  

  • Feliz Año nuevo from South Florida!
    We'll be seeing you all tomorrow (with lots of sweaters on, mind you)!
    Godspeed,

    Mauricio
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    (EST)

    By Anonymous Mauricio, at 1/01/2006 5:19 PM  

  • Louie and Chris~

    I want you to know I'm praying for you both specifically, as well as the entire Passion team. I have been thinking of you non-stop all week!!

    God has placed you both on my heart recently. Perhaps because in the recent past I learned the timeline of when you two met. Since Chris and I are the same age and were probably in college at the same time, I think you may have met around the same time I was attending Baylor University (1992-1994) and CHOICE.

    What rewarding opportunities you have both experienced in your journey. No wonder blessings are being poured upon you both as you keep the most important One in the forefront of your vision, seeking to bring Him fame and not your selves. It would be such a blessing to get to meet you both!

    I don't know if the Indescribable tour is planning on making its way to the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, but I will definitely be there, if you are in the vicinity.

    As one who is seeking to also make it more and more about Him and less and less about me, I thank you for letting Him use you, for dedicating your life to Him and for encouraging others into a deeper relationship with Him.

    Louie...you were an inspiration back in my Baylor days and continue to be with your unwavering faith.

    Chris...and remember I'm 33, so I really don't mean this to be trite or juvenile, but a genuine compliment...it is refreshing, as a still single person, to know there is such a Godly man out there with a passion for Him, that is also very attractive, funny and a good dresser! And that's not too bad at....okay awesome at...singing, playing the guitar and writing songs for the Lord! :)

    God's Blessings,
    Tiffani

    By Anonymous inaffit17@yahoo.com, at 1/01/2006 8:06 PM  

  • I was wondering if your tickets are still avaible TT from al. I don't know how this works but I would like to purchase them from you!!!
    -Erin

    By Blogger erin may, at 1/01/2006 8:45 PM  

  • I have really enjoyed these blogs these last 28 days...They have truly been blessings to my days...I am leaving for passion in about an hour and have butterflies about the whole experience...I am so excited! Happy New Year from Dallas, TX!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 9:57 PM  

  • DOES ANYONE HAVE EXTRA TICKETS TO PASSION???
    Contact Me: erinmayferris@hotmail.com

    By Blogger erin may, at 1/01/2006 10:26 PM  

  • so excited...my group is coming from Raleigh,NC...we are leaving at 6am. I'm pumped..haha, well not about leaving that early..i dont think i've seen 6am in a looooong time :) haha oh well...Can't wait to see what amazing things the Lord has in store for us all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 10:28 PM  

  • I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than the watchmen for the morning; indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the LORD; for with the LORD there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.
    Psalm 130:5-7

    Happy New Year from Oklahoma City! I can't wait to leave for Nashville tomorrow morning!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/01/2006 11:21 PM  

  • Hey! Happy New Year!! This is David from the EST in ATL, GA. I just want to say thank to Louie and everyone who dedicated the past months to putting Passion 06 together. I am sooo excited and can't wait to see what God has in store this coming week!!! Me and the rest of my friends from FBA Atlanta cannot wait!!

    By Blogger David, at 1/02/2006 12:11 AM  

  • our little group from Baton Rouge, Louisiana will see yall on Monday! :) happy new year everyone!

    By Anonymous karis, at 1/02/2006 12:40 AM  

  • I NEED A TICKET!!!!I KNOW IT IS THE DAWN OF THE DAY BUT THIS THING IS TOO AMAZING TO MISS. I BELIEVE GOD IS GOING TO MOVE, I JUST HOPE I CAN BE AROUND FOR THE APPEARANCE. PLEASE EMAIL ME: rullemmb@yahoo.com (Brian Rummell)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/02/2006 1:14 AM  

  • I NEED A TICKET!!!!I KNOW IT IS THE DAWN OF THE DAY BUT THIS THING IS TOO AMAZING TO MISS. I BELIEVE GOD IS GOING TO MOVE, I JUST HOPE I CAN BE AROUND FOR THE APPEARANCE. PLEASE EMAIL ME: rullemmb@yahoo.com (Brian Rummell)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/02/2006 1:15 AM  

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