New Year’s Eve

Just a few more hours and the countdown to the new year begins. However, as soon as the clock strikes twelve, a few new year celebrations have already passed, and there are still many more to be celebrated. As we pass by the different time zones, we may be a few hours late but we are also a few hours ahead of others. SO what does the new year bring for us?

For the Chinese, we will soon welcome the year of the rat, (which includes me — just count multiples of twelve).

For the Filipinos, the New Year means fireworks and firecrackers. Tonight will again be one of those nights when cities become war-zone-like. The noise of exploding firecrackers, big and small, singly lighted or tied together, will usher in 2008 with a loud bang and bangs. What good does this bring? Heaps of garbage, polluted air, burnt faces, fingers lost, fires and busy hospital doctors, nurses and ERs. But we look with optimism to the coming year, that is why lots of food is prepared, round fruits are served for prosperity.

As the year 2008 comes, I am reminded of the many new things God has done for us through Christ. We have the newness of life, the transformation of our lives through the renewing of our minds.

It is not just the new year, but what God has in store for us that matters most:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)

Thank the Lord for His great and mighty work.

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