Ode to the Pumpkins

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The countdown happens: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….Happy New Year! It’s 2015! Sayonara 2014, I’m here, my future is bright and I can say goodbye to all that is associated with 2014!…

That’s a nice thought, but how many of you, when the clock struck twelve, still have an empty chair in your house where a family member used to sit?

How many of you have another round of chemo first thing Monday morning?

How many of you have a child who is still going down the wrong path?

For many of us, the clock struck midnight, and our dress turned into rags, our horses to mice, and our carriage was replaced with a battered pumpkin. It’s nice to think that 2015 will be better, but the fact is, some of the pain from 2014 is carrying over into the new year.

For many of us, the clock struck midnight, and our dress turned into rags, our horses to mice, and our carriage was replaced with a battered pumpkin.

New Years has turned into a great effort at optimism for the future, and for many it can be a nice representation of a physical clean slate, but life doesn’t magically switch over just because we enter a new year. There are still rolled over joys, relationships, journeys and pain. And we have to wear our rags and carry our pumpkins home at the end of the night. But the beauty in it all is the promise of the Lord that his mercies are new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) meaning that we don’t have to hold out for one day of hope per year in our future. We are given a “living hope” that is Jesus who gives us a reason to be optimistic everyday.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a LIVING HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

So for all of you pumpkins out there, who have hardship and pain that has carried over into 2015, my prayer is that this will be a year that is filled with continued healing and further reconciliation in your life where needed, and that you will find yourself being constantly overwhelmed by the Lord’s love, provision, conviction, teaching, and leading as we face those roll overs. And when we do take time to reflect on this year, my hope is that we will be able to use that time to thank God for His faithfulness in all of those joys, relationships, journeys and pains.

So here’s to 2015, it’s not much different from yesterday, but still overflowing with opportunities to grow in Christ and experience Him. May we be as optimistic today as we are on the next NYE. Cheers.

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