Monday, January 02, 2017

Thoughts Regarding the New Year

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As you know I have taken a few days off writing this column between Christmas and New Year. I will resume our Faith and Freedom Daily column tomorrow.

I enjoyed reading the following article over the weekend and thought you would also enjoy the message as we begin a new year.

Stephanie Wilson published this on her 31Daily website:

Moving into 2017: All Things Are Becoming New

It's been an amazing year for me and for the launch of We've gained so many readers and made some special friendships. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your input and support. Looking forward to what 2017 will bring!

There is a scripture I often think of at year's end. Speaking of the transformation of faith, it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17:

"Old things are passed away;
behold, all things become new."

Letting go of the familiar can be difficult at times.

Saying goodbye to... anything, for me, is most difficult.

And 2017 will be a year of goodbye for my family.

But when one door closes another opens.

Our 18-year-old will say "goodbye" to high school this spring and he will say "hello" to college in the fall. And that will be bittersweet.

There is a fondness in familiarity that is touching and deep.

Robert Burns felt the same way... back in 1788 when he penned words most familiar...

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Written in Burns' Scottish brogue, he poses the question, "Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?" Or in today's vernacular... "Is is right for old times to be forgotten?"

In charm school -- way back when I was a child -- we memorized a poem I'll never forget:

"Make new friends,
but keep the old;
one is silver
and the other gold."

The same can be said of the past... and the future.

One is silver... and the other gold.

It's simply a matter of perspective. Even difficult seasons have threads of silver and gold. Train the eye to glimpse the treasure.

Learn from the past, embrace today... and look forward to the future.

To quote one more favorite scripture in Jeremiah:

"'For I know that plans I have for you,' declares the Lord.
'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans
to give you hope and a future'."

The future is near.

2017 will be an amazing year. We'll reap what we invest.

May your New Year be filled with hope and a bright future. Embrace that which becomes new!

Happy New Year...

Hug your loved ones' extra tight --

Have a beautiful holiday weekend!


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