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Happy New Year

December 31, 2019
Happy New Year

Recently, I was watching the morning news. After the news commentator finished with the headlines, she simply looked into the camera and said, “Boy, I will be glad when this year is over.” And, everyone at the table eagerly agreed with her.

As I sat at the table drinking my morning coffee, I started to think back to this past New Year’s Eve. No matter where you were, at some point you wished someone, or perhaps even yourself, a Happy New Year. You not only wished it, you believed it, that it would be a better year than the year before. And, if you had big enough dreams and goals, perhaps it would be the best New Year of your life!

I do not need to describe to you what this year has brought, not only to America, but also to the world. As Happy New Year was being spoken around the world in different languages, no one could have anticipated the future we are living. In fact, if I had to describe it, I think at this time words would fail me.

We have had shut downs, loss of jobs, food shortages, isolation, social distancing, face coverings and death, all as a result of a pandemic. We have had chaos and violence in the streets, pulling down of historic and religious statues, and public burnings of the Bible, God’s Holy Word. And, we have had the devastation of tornadoes and hurricanes and watched as entire communities were being uprooted. You may want to accuse me at this time of painting a very grim picture, but that has been 2020. And, let us not forget the upcoming election.

Thinking back again, I remember the excitement and anticipation of coming into this new decade. The phrase, “2020 Perfect Vision for the Future,” was constantly being used.

We can’t control the future, but we can control our vision. We do it every day of our lives. I do it every morning. As soon as I wake up, I reach for my glasses. My glasses only come off when I am ready to put in my contacts. I have perfect vision because I, like so many other people, wear glasses and/or contacts specially prescribed for me. If anyone else would wear what gives me clear vision, it would probably give them blurred vision.

So it is today, we need perfect vision. We need perfect vision for the future—that can only be found as we look through the lens of God’s Holy Word; that can only be found as we look through the lens of the Bible, a lens perfectly prescribed for you. The ironic thing is that people throughout this nation are cursing and burning their only help, God’s Word.

What can God’s Word provide for you? Or better asked, who can God’s Word provide for you? The answer is Jesus. Jesus not only is the answer to the previously asked question, but He also is the answer to all questions. Remember, “Jesus is the Word made flesh.” His Word will not only give you perfect vision for the future, it will give you perfect vision for your future. His Word will also give you the strength, comfort and peace for whatever the future holds.


And, on this coming New Year’s Eve, you will know without a shadow of doubt, no matter what 2021 brings, it will be a Happy New Year.