Today is New Year’s Eve, so some fun facts: did you know that the words in the song you hear on NYE “Auld Lang Syne” mean “times gone by”, in some Spanish countries it’s custom to eat 12 grapes at midnight (in the first 12 seconds) for good luck, but in Italy you get good luck if you wear red undies. And the first ‘ball-drop’ in NY Times Square was in 1907.
Starting a new year can sometimes make you a bit worried–is there big change coming to your life? You’ll be another year older, things will be different. Remember that it’s a good thing to change, to grow, to be challenged. Time is going to keep passing, no matter what we do, so we can choose to either take it on, or to ignore it. Let’s take on the new year with a positive attitude and be open to what God’s plan for us is.
But then I think about this, and I have hope: 22 We are still alive because the Lord’s faithful love never ends. 23 Every morning he shows it in new ways! You are so very true and loyal! 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my God, and I trust him.”[a] 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him. He is good to those who look for him.
Lamentations 3:21-25 (ERV)
Dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit–thank you for the last year and all that you provided for me. Thank you for being with me, for giving hope, and for being faithful. Give me bravery to face what is coming this next year, and give me gratitude to see the blessings each day. Amen.