December 31

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

“He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” vs. 11

We’ve come to the end of another year and many are thinking about the months that have just slipped away. Some will recall it as the best year ever, full of times for laughter and love, and maybe even joyful dancing. Others will have other memories. For them it’s been a time for weeping and tears and the absence of love. For most it’s been a reminder of Koholeth’s oft-quoted words, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” A year goes by so quickly, yet as we look back it’s stunning to see how much has actually taken place. Perhaps tonight, as midnight approaches, we’ll also take a moment to raise a toast to the new year. We know that it will likely be as eventful as the one just passed, but we haven’t a clue about the details. Oh, we’ve likely made some plans..yet none of us have the ability to know exactly how things are going to go. The future is always shrouded in mystery. It’s probably best to simply offer up the new year to God and trust that no matter what happens we’re going to experience grace and peace. It will again be a time for every matter under heaven…and we pray in our hearts that it will be the best year yet!

Thought for the Day: What does the new year hold for me?

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