Happy New Year! What if we changed that to “Fulfilling New Year?” Perhaps we should wish peace – the kinds that brings well-being … joy – the kind that sustains in good times and bad … wisdom – the kind that helps us calm down and listen to God … strength – the kind that helps us endure whatever the year might bring … significance – the kind that never settles for good when great is possible … love – the kind that helps us treat others as we wish to be treated.
2016 is a blank page. I know we already have dates on the calendar. You remember the old saying: “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.” Here’s another one: “We don’t know what the future holds but we do know Who holds the future.”
There is joy ahead. There is pain ahead. We will be pleasantly surprised. We will be crushingly disappointed. For some, this will be a year of loss and grief. For others, 2016 will bring exciting additions and unexpected pleasures. For most of us, there will be a mix of things because that’s the way life is.
Mildred Smith wrote a poem included in Philip Dunn’s “Prayer: Language of the Soul.”
“A new year is approaching. What does it hold for me?
It may bring joy or sorrow, O God, what shall it be?
Sometimes my heart is anxious – I think that I should know
The way into the future, each step that I will go.
But You, in Your great wisdom must plan for me my all
Lest as Your child I falter and miss Your perfect call.
Dear Lord, I pray for guidance in all I say and do.
And then the year upcoming will truly honor You.”
May this new year find us drawing closer to God and each other. May our lives bless as well as be blessed.