We are saying goodbye to 2018 in just a couple of hours. Some of us will sleep through the midnight hour; some will quietly pray it in; some will party it in.
Truth is when midnight comes and tomorrow dawns it will be just another day. There is nothing magical or particularly spiritual about the moving of the calendar from year 2018 to year 2019.
It’s just we humans are finite and we function better marking time. We feel better about ourselves when we can claim a new beginning. I’m okay with that too. I like new beginnings! A lot! And so, I am mindful tonight that we get just that with every sun rise.
Lamentations 3: 20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. 21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. source
And a further reading: 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. 27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: source
So, are you game to start with this very next sunrise, January 1, 2019?