“Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.” vss. 12-13
Traditionally this is a time for recounting the events of the previous year and to celebrate the blessings of our continuing lives. Some of us will be going out to dinner or perhaps inviting friends to share drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Many will make at least some attempt to stay up until midnight and offer a toast to the new year. Others will just go to bed and trust that the new year will arrive safely even if we’re not awake to welcome it. All of us could probably do well to imitate the psalmist and find some time during the day to offer praises to God for the security and the blessings we enjoy and take for granted. To a great extent we live what could be called charmed lives. Most of us have secure housing and don’t worry about bandits and thievery. We go about our business on a daily basis without any concern about personal safety. Police forces are well funded and well trained and offer round the clock protection. Most of us live comfortably and within our means–if we’re honest, we’ll have to admit we have it good. If we’re one of those able to stay awake tonight, maybe we could make our midnight toast a prayer of thanks to our bountiful God. We are among the most blessed people on earth!
Thought for the Day: What’s been the greatest blessing of 2019?