Seventh Day of Christmas — New Year’s Eve

Psalm 103, 1 Samuel 4:1-22, Isaiah 43:14-25

Imagine being someplace you’ve never been and driving down the road only looking at the rear-view mirror. Your peripheral would catch some of the more dangerous things, but you would miss a lot. All too often we go through life this way. You may not have escaped your past, but you cannot embrace the without looking forward.

Much of life is common among people. We live and die. We and hurt. We fail and succeed. We have regrets and we have gratitude.

For many people, this year has been very hard: huge changes; life-changing events; lives lost; lives ed; big mistakes; new jobs; loss of jobs; moving; being forced to . There are many that are looking to set aside this year, and so very to start the new one, yet many will be filled with , unsure of what will come.

In 1 Samuel, we read of a very bad time. The Ark of the Covenant, a ly object—that many staked their and security on—was lost to a ful enemy. Their leader (judge) and his sons have died. All seemed lost. The Israelites were fully looking toward the .

By the time of Isaiah, the people were a looking to the with . There had just been a declaration of guilt (Isaiah 42) and failure. The so-ed People of had been reminded of their failure to fulfill their role. The judge of the universe had declared their guilt. Just as many are fully looking to the new year, so, too, were the People of ful of what came after their conviction.

“Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to the things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming…” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

1) Be deeply honest with yourself. What do you in regards to the coming year?

2) One can what is coming and still trust . It is the type of that is the key. How can be good or bad?

3/KD) What is the one thing you are most worried will happen next year? What is the one thing you are most looking forward to next year?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.