Auld Lang Syne


Happy New Year to all….. I hope that the New Year brings you all that you wish for. That your spiritual and physical health is good. That all your needs are met, even if we have to forgo some of our wants.

The new year is always a bittersweet time for me. I have a tendency to be a little melancholy, as each year seems to be coming and going faster and faster. A new phase in our life is coming in 2011, our son Zach will be starting college this year, and it seems like last year he was starting kindergarten. Nich will be a sophomore in the fall, learning how to drive and experiencing more of high school. Again he was just in kindergarten. Time just keeps rolling along ….so quickly.

As I settle into January and think about the coming year, the song Auld Layne Syne haunts me.The song was from a poem written in 1788 and set to the lyrics of a Scottish folk song. The song begs the question: Should we forget about the past? The lyrics below ask the question if we should look back, or look forward?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.(chorus)
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine†;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.(chorus)

As we settle into the new year, and look forward with hope. I have made two resolutions. My first one is to stop worrying about my mistakes and things I can’t control, even though I want to control things.

My second resolution is to grow deeper in my faith; I have a tendency to be a bit “surfacey” at times. A mile wide and an inch deep so to speak, God wants more from me. And I need to be closer to Him. I have a very rich life, I forget that sometimes, when I think about my failures, my perceived lack of success, the setbacks that have occurred in my life and the mistakes I have made. God loves me every day. Should old acquaintance be forgot? I do not think so…. I think we should learn from our past and move forward in our faith and with God leading us each and every day.

Happy New Year to you, your family and all those you hold dear.

God’s Peace,Auld
Maureen Herzog

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