Daily Dose, Dec. 31 — New Beginnings

            Today is a day many will look back on the year that is drawing to a close. For most of us, as we look back, we will remember some good times of laughter and fun with those we love. We will look back at some of the success of 2018 like graduations, promotions, new jobs and goals achieved. We will look back and possibly remember some things that didn’t get done, goals not accomplished, plans not seen through. As we look back, we may also think about those we’ve lost in 2018 and the sadness that brings. For some new life has come to your family, a child born, a family expanded through marriage. Looking back, memories flood to mind.  New Year’s Eve is often a time to look back over this year, the years gone by and reminisce. As the clock prepares to turn to midnight, people everywhere will sing the familiar words to Auld Lang Syne which means “time gone by” guiding us in the moment to look back. We look back, while standing on the brink of stepping into a new year filled with new possibilities and filled with promise. We are people of promise. The prophet Jeremiah said it this way in Lamentations: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)  What a wonderful thought for us all as we watch 2018 draw to a close and invite in 2019. Maybe we would be better off as midnight approaches trading Auld Land Syne for one of my all-time favorite hymns Great Is Thy Faithfulness. As midnight comes and the noise makers fill the air, we can sing those cherished words, “Great is thy faithfulness!  Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed they hand hath provided; great is thy faithfulness, Lord, Unto me!”  Regardless of whether we are looking forward or backwards, what we can be assured of, confident in, is that our God is always with us and always faithful. Happy New Year’s Eve!  --Rev. Terri Henkel04