We stand on the cusp of a new year. My dad would’ve hit the century mark in 2019, but he went to heaven far too early. We look back at the things that happened during 2018. We’ll see a lot of stuff summing up the happenings of the year – most likely focusing on the negative things like hurricanes, floods, Tsunamis and other natural disasters. The rich and famous will be recognized for their lives and deaths -we’ll hear about a supreme court justice going through rigorous investigations, while his accuser is convincing. There will be the news of presidential trips, decisions, the wall, the accusations, the investigations that won’t stop. We will see division and hatred grow again as it has since so many have turned away from God.
For some reason, looking at the bad stuff, seems to make the new year very appealing. It’s like getting a second chance. I wonder. The only second chance that bears any merit is the one given to us by the God of Creation. It happened many new years ago when the world was filled with poverty, oppression, disdain, corruption, politics, hatred and evil. Much like today. So how much has the world changed since the beginning of time. It would seem that it hasn’t changed at all.
Jesus took on human skin and became a man with feelings and temptations that we face daily – yet He never sinned. From that time on, the world would never be the same. His teachings and the truth of his divinity may diminish over time, but as long as there are believers, the fire can be reignited.
My New Year wish for the world is a return to the Triune God. He is the God of love undeserving, peace inconceivable – compassion, mercy and hope. With Him all things are new. We can look forward to another year when He walks with us – when He remains in our hearts – when we place our trust in Him. With Him, we can walk in love rather than hate. We can approach the problems of the world as a unified country. If there is to be any change, we must get back together and start serving the Lord and each other. I know this is an impossible dream to some, but I also know that with God, all things are possible.