on a New Year
I've never been much of one to celebrate such an occasion with bells or cymbals or staying up into the wee morning hours. Rather, I tend to get reflective and prayerful, and become keenly aware of things as they are and things as they might yet become.
example, I find myself asking, "What will the world be like when our children have become the adult
generation, with children or even grandchildren of their own? What will
the values of society be then? Will there still be such big pockets of
poverty? Will justice yet be established throughout the lands? Will there
be respect among the peoples of this city, this country, this world? Will
the environment be healthy? Will it be protected? What will the temperature
of the earth be, or the condition of its natural resources? Will a good
education be available for all? Will people honor it and take full advantage
of all it offers? Will there be peace?"
And I realize that the years, the centuries, even the millennia pass so quickly, and that you and I can - and do - make a difference. Why, we can change what happens on a particular day, or we can affect one person's life, or bring a new insight to the world or even alter the course of history itself!
as each of us turns to step into the new year, let's keep these things
in mind: that we are living instruments in the hands of God, who is
in and through each one of us to establish peace and justice on the
earth; that God is always reaching out to us, to grasp our hand, outstretched
and reaching in turn for God; that God's love for us and hope for humanity
will not be discouraged, for God often has more faith in us than we
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