With the nightmare of 2020 behind us, we look to the New Year with hopes of a fresh beginning. A time to celebrate having survived the political elections and the Co-vid pandemic. New Year’s celebrations usually begin on the evening of December 31st, and continue into the early hours of January pt. New Year’s resolutions are
often made and quite often broken within a few days. Traditional food is prepared, in hopes of bringing good luck for the year ahead. Other customs include fireworks and singing songs to welcome the New Year, including the popular “Auld Lang Syne.” In the United States, the most iconic New Year’s tradition is dropping a giant ball
in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. However, various cities and towns have their own version of Times Square. In Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, it is dropping pickles. In Georgia, it’s possums that are dropped at midnight. I do not think we will be dropping pickles, or possums at the stroke of midnight, but we will be celebrating the end of the year . It has been one like none other we have experienced before. We now have great expectations of finding a new beginning. Abraham was also looking for something better, because in the book of Hebrews, we see where he was looking for a city that had foundations whose builder and maker was God.
Abraham knew that the earthly land of promise was not the end of his pilgrimage rather, it pointed beyond to the heavenly city that God had prepared for his faithful servants. We must realize that we are only traveling through this world on our way to our true home in heaven. We can see ourselves as strangers and exiles on the
earth. This is not our homeland, but foreign territory. The end of our journey will be a “better country” – the heavenly Jerusalem. This will be the beginning of the celebration that will last through out all eternity. There may not be any balls dropping, but there will be songs to sing, songs to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year and May God Bless
you in 2021!
Rev. Don English