Before the promises – before the resolutions I remember. I remember the many firsts and the many lasts in my life. I remember the successes. I remember the failures and I give thanks. I thank God for allowing me to see this day – a year older and unfortunately in some years not always wiser, but always grateful for the opportunity to try again. That’s what saying yes to God has meant for me. Yes, at times it’s meant taking risks but without out risks (action) there is no reward. Yes, at times it’s meant making myself vulnerable but without vulnerability not even the good things are able to enter in. Yes, at times saying yes has caused some pain, but without some pain it would be difficult to discern difference. Every New Year has much to offer each of us. Let us not forget that we have much good to offer the New Year. Let us be true to who God has called us to be and the trueness of God will continually be revealed. Have a wonderfully blessed Happy New Year!
Remember my life! Remember my death! When people we dearly love die, these are the two things we remember most about them; their life and their death. We remember how they impacted us in their living and we remember the sorrow of hearing that they had died. We do this even for people we simply admire, like Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King among many others. As we move on, we often take on some part of that person in our own lives so that some part of them moves on with us. Hopefully it is a good part. When Jesus started saying to his followers “I am the bread of life.”, many claimed it was a difficult teaching and some turned away. For us today I believe it remains an invitation to carry Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with us as we move forward in our own life. If we can do this in our remembrance for the people in our lives that we love so dearly or simply admire, how much more should we as Christians desire to do this with Christ? Perhaps it is overwhelming to eat all of this bread in one day, but if we eat what we can to sustain us for each day, will we not be sustained every day for life?
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
John 6:51-69 …”the one who eats this bread will live forever…The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.