As Another Year Approaches

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“Here’s to the new year. May she be a darn sight better than the old one and may we all be home before she’s over.” 

-Colonel Sherman T. Potter (M*A*S*H)

I’m an oldie at heart. Every day after school I would come home and watch M*A*S*H, “High” school that is. My mom later went on to tell me that my grandpa had loved that show, he died when I was too young to remember him, I can imagine he loved to have a good time though. There’s just something about an old show like this one, you just come to love and better understand not only the characters with their struggles, laughs, and tears, but life also.

As Christmas approaches, and a new year is zooming to meet us I can’t help thinking about this quote above. It was said after the celebration, after the laughing and cheering, in a moment of pure somber realization of what everyone had gone through that year, and the end of Colonel Potter’s speech doesn’t leave you in that place, but brings you around to a never-dying hope that maybe, just maybe, this year will be different.

“…may we all be home before she’s over.”

Usually, each year I celebrate and clap with the rest as the ball drops. A crowd of about 50 gather in our downtown and shiver together as the cold wind stings our upturned faces. I stand beside my church family, and I kiss my husband just as the applause erupts along with the sound of fireworks and air horns.

This year, I may just pause and allow myself this somber moment of reflection. On those we have lost, of the pain we endured, and the battles we have won. And then despite each new year’s struggles and pain, I will reach out toward that small glimmer of hope and snatch hold of it. Just because this year was full of strife and heartache, doesn’t mean that next year will be the same. Maybe, just maybe this year will be a year of peace, life, and blessings! Maybe this year we will deal satan a deadly blow, instead of the other way around.

I don’t know the future, but I do know that we can speak positive declarations over our futures, and expect to see good things happen! That maybe we can bring something within reach tomorrow that is momentarily out of reach today. With God all things are possible and His Will is always good.

Though we change as each year passes, we must never let God’s truth be twisted within us. The truth remains absolute regardless of how we transform or of what circumstances we find ourselves in. This is how we ground ourselves, how we grow our roots, and how we mature as Christians. No matter what occurs in 2019, my ultimate desire is to finish it a better Christian, a better friend of God. If my roots have grown deeper, if I have brought glory to God, then each year will be worth celebrating.

To those who have had a rough year, my prayers go out to you. I know of many right now who have lost mothers, sons, wives, and best friends. I can’t imagine what Christmas is like for those who are mourning. My heart goes out to them and I know that God is close to the brokenhearted. If I am speaking to you, if you are on this list, I just encourage you to surround yourself with family and friends at this time. Satan wants you to feel alone, and when you are alone you are vulnerable to his attacks. Please don’t allow this to happen, let people cry with you, laugh with you, comfort you, and simply be with you. We are all stronger together.

God bless you all and Merry Christmas.



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