21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
It’s New Year’s Eve: the old year is winding down, and we are on the verge of a new adventure!
The holidays are almost over, soon school will start up again, vacations will be over, as our work and our lives once again pick up steam.
So today, before we return to living life at full speed, let us take a moment to reflect on all that we have been through in the year that is ending…the changes, the growth, and celebrations, the victories as well as the defeats and the worries.
Now is a good time to let go of all the stuff that didn’t work, learn from it, and then turn towards the coming year with hope, to see it as a blank page waiting to be filled.
When I got home from the hospital after my daughter was born, I heard the Paul Simon song “Born at the Right Time” on the radio; the song includes the line: “Never been lonely/Never been lied to/Never had to scuffle in fear/Nothing denied to/Born at the instant the church bells chime, the whole world whispering born at the right time.” At the time I thought this was apropos to my newborn who had just come into this world: so far she had never known pain or trouble, had never known heartache or despair…she had never had anyone let her down, lie to her or treat her with disrespect or disregard.
This can also be said for the year that is about to be born: so far it knows no pain, no tragedy or injustice… but it also knows no joy or celebration…yet
It is a story waiting to be written, and filled with possibilities for ourselves and our children: good, bad and some more than a little scary; many of which will soon become a reality, as the glow of the holidays seem to fade away so quickly in the cold, harsh realities of January!
However, right now…at this moment, while we are still at the threshold with so much unknown ahead of us, let us pause and embrace our children and our loved ones, as we look forward to the new year, secure in the knowledge that we are not facing it alone…but together, and that it is Christ who walks with us all, lighting up the darkness of the unknown by filling us with the light of God’s love…the light that we are called to carry and share with our children and each other as we make this new year our own!!
And with that, I would like to wish you, your children and your loved ones all the best for 2015; let it be a new opportunity for learning, for growing in faith, and to strengthen the bonds of love that we share together!
Let us Pray:
God thank you for walking with us through our all the years of our lives and that you will continue to be with us as we embrace the New Year together! Help us to see that the coming year will bring new opportunities for learning how to be better people and better parents…and to build a stronger bond of love between ourselves and our children, and new possibilities for sharing the light of Christ with the world! Give us hope as we enter into the blank page of the coming year…and instead of the dread of “What now?” let us feel the excitement of “What’s next?”