New Year’s Eve celebrations

I am not sure why the world makes such a big to-do about New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve Celebrations. I can find it more or less interesting with reference to looking back on the news of the world, even on the political news.

I really like the church  calendar and regret that I discovered it (and am discovering it) late in life. The other calendar is important to me for marking birthdays, holidays, vacations, appointments, deadlines (not in that order, I’m afraid). Apart from Christ I can understand simply boozing it up, or engaging in some trifling occasion. Another year has come and gone with another one around the corner. What purpose does everything have, anyhow? At least one needs to lighten up and have some fun. We can’t carry the world on our shoulders. Maybe we can get off of it, for a bit.

For the follower of Christ, such a time can be a good pause for reflection, maybe joining a bit in some of the fun, but above all thinking in terms of the day itself, the significance it has in the world, and trying to both learn as well as contextualize ourselves, in terms of that. We don’t do well when we simply cut ourselves off from culture. Actually in some ways we need to cut ourselves off, but in other ways not. We need wisdom from God to know the difference.

What I’m likely to do, after working ten hours today, is go home and crash. Maybe drink a little of the wine with my wife, I got for her recent birthday. Maybe do a little reading. Maybe have the television on when the Apple falls down on Time’s Square, although I doubt it. Maybe have some good music concert on, or another program beforehand. For me, nose in a book with classical music on would be ideal, no doubt dozing off here and there in the process. This is a time of grief for us at the loss of my wife’s father, who was a father to me, as well; the funeral just ahead.

We are reminded of the prayer in the psalms that we do well to pray:

Teach us to number our days,
    that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Even as we continue to pray the prayer the Lord taught his disciples to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one,
for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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