Posted by: morgan1965 | December 30, 2009

Let The Old Year Yield To The New Year

As the year’s end approaches, one cannot help but reflect on the past. We read articles or watch television programs about the year in review. Some pundits will analyze what happened a decade ago. That has its place.

Many times, we have a tendency to review all of our experiences during the past year. This is okay as long as we don’t start feeling sorry for ourselves. What has 2009 been like for you? Perhaps you have experienced joyful times as well as some personal crisis. To be sure, God has been with us in the midst of all our experiences.

It might be more useful for us not to dwell too long on the past year. There comes a time when we need to set it aside, and begin now to prepare for the New Year, 2010. The New Year is upon us.

I am mindful of a passage of scripture which is couched in Isaiah:

The Lord says, “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” [43:18-19]

We need to be careful about what we hold on to from the past. It is comforting to hold on to what is comfortable, the old, and the familiar.

When we hold on to the old things, we may miss the new thing that God desires for us. God has given us the promise through Jesus Christ that we are becoming new creations in Christ. Now that is Good News.

In the New Year, God will be planting new possibilities in us as pilgrim disciples and in our worshipping congregations. Get ready, because you will have new desires. Be prepared, because God will grant us hope that does not disappoint us.

It is comforting and encouraging knowing that hope does not disappoint us “because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy
Spirit that has been given to us” [Romans 5:5].

God’s New Year is upon us and I pray that it will be freighted with God’s possibilities for you and the congregation of which you are a part.

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