Happy New Year! There’s something magical about the first day of a new year. It’s like there 365 new days of opportunities and adventures waiting to unfold. So many unknowns waiting to be revealed as we begin and end each day.
We really have no sense of what will transpire this coming year. We know there will be good things and bad things. There will be stuff that’s expected and there will, undoubtedly, be stuff that completely stuns us. We know there will be change and we also know with all certainty, we cannot control every outcome. As our Eighth Day of Christmas Scripture reminds us, there is a time for everything and everything will have its own time.
Christmastide and New Year Scripture
For everything that happens in life—there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die;
a time to plant, a time to collect the harvest;
A time to kill, a time to heal;
a time to tear down, a time to build up;
A time to cry, a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, a time to dance;
A time to scatter stones, a time to pile them up;
a time for a warm embrace, a time for keeping your distance;
A time to search, a time to give up as lost;
a time to keep, a time to throw out;
A time to tear apart, a time to bind together;
a time to be quiet, a time to speak up;
A time to love, a time to hate;
a time to go to war, a time to make peace.
What good comes to anyone who works so hard, all to gain a few possessions? I have seen the kinds of tasks God has given each of us to do to keep one busy, and I know God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God. I know there is nothing better for us than to be joyful and to do good throughout our lives; to eat and drink and see the good in all of our hard work is a gift from God. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 (The Voice)
Christmastide and New Year Action
The Teacher who scribed our passage tucks in a special nugget for us: We may not understand the doings of God, but we can be joyful, do good, eat and drink, and see the good in all our hard work – all gifts from God. It might be good to write this out and post it alongside your seven questions for yourself as a grounding touchstone for come what may this new year.
Christmastide and New Year Prayer
As I look back on the past and ponder the future, I know there is much I do not understand. May I accept the gifts given to me each day and the experiences that unfold with it. May I find joy in all I undertake, wisdom in the encounters, and peace in the moments. Hold me close to Your heart this New Year. Amen.