Happy New Year!

by Anna Hartge

“Happy New Year!” is an expression we will say over and over again for the next several days. We will joyfully shout “Happy New Year!” to friends, family, co- workers and complete strangers. It is helpful to determine what season you are in to properly equip yourself for the New Year. I pray each of us will examine ourselves and trust the Spirit of the Lord to guide us through whatever lies ahead.

What time is it in your life? You can start this New Year by striving to do those things which strengthen you as a person. No matter what season you are living through, take time to acknowledge the goodness of God and have an attitude of thankfulness.

Reflect on this text, examine your life, determine what time it is for you and have a Happy New Year!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

3:4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

3:5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

3:6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

3:7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

3:9 What gain have the workers from their toil?

3:10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.

3:11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

3:12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;

3:13 moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.

May God’s richest blessings be yours!

Brenda Girton-Mitchell

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