Good-bye, 2012. Hello, 2013!
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
It’s that time of year for me. The time I say good-bye to the old year and greet the New Year and all of its unknowns and possibilities. It is a time I dread but also a time I look forward to. Let me explain.
I love the Christmas Season. I love the smells and the colors and the sounds and the children's programs and the family gatherings and the old movies and — well, I could go on and on. But there are two things about Christmas I don't embrace completely: the three days it takes me to put up my decorations and the three days it takes me to take down my decorations. It is those last three days I'm in the midst of right now.
Our Christmas tree is full of memories. I still have many of the ornaments our three children made when they were in preschool. Some of them are looking pretty tattered, but I still put them up. I even have an ornament that Noel, our first grandchild, made when she was about three years old that is nothing more than a piece of paper she cut out in the shape of an angel. It isn’t the most attractive ornament I have, but it is one of the most special.
As I carefully take down each ornament and pack it away, I reflect on the past year and wonder what the new year will bring. I wonder how our lives will have changed and what joys and sorrows might be ahead of us. It is always a time I have to fight back the fear of that unknown I spoke of earlier. And so you know what I do? I pray.
I pray for each of our children and our grandchildren. I pray for my husband and for me. I ask the Lord to watch over us and help us to praise Him in the good times and in the not so good times. And so I embrace the memories, and I pray about the uncertain future.
So if you find yourself wondering and perhaps worrying about what 2013 might bring, can I encourage you with the words of Jesus found in Matthew 6:25-26?
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
To that I say, “Amen.” Now I’m going to finish taking down those decorations. I still have two days left!