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Reflection for the New Year: Making Everything New

Reflection for the New Year: Making Everything New

In reading an Advent devotion by the Rev. Jerry Chism, I picked out some important things to remember during the busy hustle and bustle of the season. “Oh Immanuel, God with us, truly in this Advent season we celebrate that you are not hidden in some faraway cloud, but you chose to be with us in the blur and mystery of our lives. In the midst of lists and rush, you are with us as a song that echoes in our minds, as the light of a candle, as a card from a friend. They are signs of your presence.”
 
As we celebrate the coming of a new year, and a chance to start again, let us look at the wonders to come. In Revelations 21:1-6, we are reminded that everything is new in the kingdom of heaven:
 
I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good — tears gone, crying gone, pain gone — all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down — each word dependable and accurate.”
 
This is our chance, each January 1, to get excited about the new kingdom God promises. Every New Year take the opportunity to see this world as the new world of our Lord. Amen.
 


Shannon Priddy is president of United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM

Advent 2017

December 3: First Sunday of Advent
December 10: Second Sunday of Advent
December 17: Third Sunday of Advent
December 24: Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve
January 6: Epiphany


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