New Year’s Day Reflections—or The Eighth Day of Christmas

New Year’s Day Reflections—or The Eighth Day of Christmas

I woke up today with an odd assortment of things running through my heart and mind. Thankfully, my vow to abstain from alcohol gives me a wondering spirit instead of a hangover on this New Year’s Day. But I must confess that the numbing effect of alcohol might be preferred to full consciousness when it comes to a fresh tragedy.

Yesterday, one of our Trevecca professors lost a grandson. Marvin’s daughter, son-in-law, and twin boys were sitting still at a stop sign on a city street when a vehicle driven by an 82-year-old woman plowed into them from behind going 90. One of the twin boys, age 6, was killed and the other is in serious condition. The surviving twin has autism.

Both parents are in the hospital with serious injuries. Marvin lost his wife to a long cancer battle a couple of years ago. Yesterday he lost a grandson. We talked about his journey through Advent and Christmas in the church parking lot a couple of weeks ago. He said the music was helping him this year. And now this. I know few finer men than Marvin. I ache in ways that can only pray in groans.

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2014: God Is In Our Future

2014: God Is In Our Future

Resolutions that make a difference in our life rise from resolve – that deep down determination not to throw the towel in the ring when it comes to tomorrow. When the past becomes the concrete that fixes our feet in yesterday’s decisions, we are done. We will live looking backward and not into God’s tomorrow.

But if God is located in our future, coming towards us from that future, and creating tomorrow, then the resolve to walk expectantly into that future is a very Christian thing to do. The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they most often depend totally on us: our wishes and wants, our desires and disciplines, our power and perseverance, which are not to be sneezed at. These can carry us quite a distance if they are superior to the other humans with which our efforts are compared.

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