A very Happy New Year to you all!
What a year 2011 turned out to be; earthquakes in Christchurch, NZ; an earthquake and tsunami in Japan; political earthquakes spreading across the Arab world; financial earthquakes in Europe; the death of Osama Bin laden; a tragic shooting incident in Norway; disastrous storms in the USA; a new nation in Africa, South Sudan, and two royal weddings in the UK! Will 2012 be more of the same?
On a more personal level, today is the first working day of a new year for many of us. What sort of year are you hoping for? A happier one? A more successful one? Are you hoping to weigh less, drink less or spend less? And what are you bringing with you into 2012?
Were you hurt last year? Were you cheated? Did you fail last year? I know I did. Some of us begin a new year by bringing with us the disappointments, the failures and the regrets of the past twelve months. These sorts of things weigh us down. Forgiveness and letting go of the past can work wonders. Now is an opportunity for a new start; last year has gone. Look ahead, not back to the past. You can’t undo the past, but you can improve on it.
Our Creator is continually working to make things new, and He wants to do the same in your life, if you’ll let Him. As God once said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Time passes, and as it does we can be reassured that His love for us never falters. Another prophet, Jeremiah, also spoke for God, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)