Happy New Year!

Did you sing along with Auld Lang Syne last night? That song  is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, it was first published in 1796 after Burns death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scottish tune, Auld Lang Syne literally means “old long ago,” or simply, the good old days. We sing about the good old days as our first act in the new year, for that is all we know. The new year is an unknown.

How does the past shape the way you desire to move into the new year? Nostalgia and hope cohabitate within us all. On this New Year’s Day, may our prayer be that nostalgia grants us the wisdom for an informed and hopeful future. “Through all things God works for good.” Romans 8:28.

Prayers: For peace in the new year.

In the song “New Year’s Day,” U2 sang for Polish solidarity. However, the words are for anyone feeling the outer turmoil of the world and craving inner peace with the ones they love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcVO6mJrJrM  Let us move faithfully into the unknown of 2020, trusting God is already in the future preparing the way.

See Jeremiah 30-31 for further reflection.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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