New Year

New Year: The Light in the Darkness of Winter

New Year: The Light in the Darkness of Winter

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” —John 8:12

We celebrate the birth of a savior and we move into a new year. This is the light in the darkness of winter. We are the light in this space. As followers of Christ, we do not go into the unknown alone, we go together. Lead by the Son of God in community.

We enter this new year with renewed hope and the promise of tomorrow. This new year is filled with promise and possibilities. I love this time of year. All the “best of” lists and review of the year. This year end also includes “best of the decade” lists. It’s been great to review and re-visit the past. I look back on the year and challenge myself to something new in the next year.

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” These words remind me to go into the new year with hope and take the birth of our savior into each new challenge. My favorite Christmas song is my reminder throughout the year. Jesus is our hope for humanity and our hope for a better world.

Jesus continues in John 8:15-16, “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” You stand with the father, too.

Challenges and Celebrations

Each year has its challenges and celebrations. These verses are words of assurance to remind us of the hope of a Savior, the message of the Messiah. Each time we remember Christmas and the beginning of the coming year, we are reminded that God sent a light in the son. Advent is about preparing for Christ and the new year is about remembering to bring him with us throughout the year.

“It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old.” It is up to us to keep telling the story and to be the light. It isn’t about one month a year, or four Sundays of Advent. The song of old is that Jesus came to be the light of the world to bring the world into His. Again, through scripture we are reminded of His power and His plans. We are not judged by human standards; we are lifted by the light.

As you go into a new year and a new decade, it is you who are the light. It is our savior, our messiah who stands beside you and does not judge you. You have the faith to remember Jesus’s birth every day, the hope. You can sing the songs any time of year, to remind you to whom you belong. You are a child of the Christ. You are the present in the ever-changing year that is faith, hope and love in action. Scripture is a reminder during every season of life in every time of year.

God bless you this new year and every year. May you be the light for the world.


Shannon Priddy is president of United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Advent 2019

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December 15: Third Sunday of Advent
December 22: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 31: New Year's Eve