Another year is ending. So quickly. Like a small town beyond a highway. Blink and you miss it.
But unlike that town, you can’t make a U-turn. The year is gone forever.
The thought is bittersweet. Sweet, at the thought of ringing in the New Year, and considering all that it will bring. Making resolutions (and trying our best to keep them). Giving forgiveness, or asking for it. Turning over a new leaf. Seeing a year stretching before us, unsoiled and unwritten.
But also bitter, or poignant, at the things gone past that we can never experience again, at least not in the same way. The kids are a year older. That much more water has flowed under the bridge. Words have been spoken in anger that we cannot take back. We have made mistakes, experienced loss. Perhaps found a wrinkle or spotted a gray hair and know that more are to come.
Bittersweet, as “fast away the old year passes,” for time is always going forward and so much can never be experienced again … and yet …
“The memory of the just is blessed” (Proverbs 10:7). Even those memories that still bring pain, we can know that all things work together for good for us who love God and know that our life has a purpose in Him.
“Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is not something to be sorrowful about, but to be full of joy for. In Christ, we are new creations, not just once, but every day. The future is bright, because the promises of God are great.
Let us look forward with joy and anticipation. Christmas had made it possible for us to do so, because in Christ, all things are made new.
This reading is taken from Finding Christ in the Carols, inspired by lyrics from well-known Christmas Carols. Available for only $2.99 this month, this devotional will help you find refreshing moments of devotion and reflection during the busy holiday season.