Children and adults alike waited with excitement for Christmas and before they knew it: it came, brought much joy and in a matter of hours, it was gone for another year. With its departure also went the Yuletide spirit and the love that people shared so generously with the needy, unlovely and the unlovable. Unfortunately, this past Christmas wasn't joyous for everyone, because of the loss of loved ones, which makes holidays more difficult to bear. My heart still aches for those, who lost loved ones in the Newtown shooting. I can only imagine how they felt on Christmas morning. After purchasing special gifts and planning to surprise their children, spouses or loved ones; that opportunity was stolen from then in a single act of violence. There's a gaping wound in their hearts and an empty place at their tables. Healing will be slow and painful, but they will heal in time and their hearts will stop bleeding. They will be left with a scar that will always remind them of the tragic day that stole their loved one.
Once Christmas was over; people resumed familiar routines and went back to business as usual. Before the new year, many people considered resolutions [resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.] they usually don't keep after the first month of the new year. What they really need more than a resolution is to accept the redemption of Jesus. He did all of the work on Calvary to set mankind free from the bondage of sin, sickness and poverty. Jesus came to earth through a young virgin that we might have life; and that more abundantly (John 10:10). If you don't know Jesus as Savior and Lord; seek new life this year through Jesus. Since, the Lord was gracious, I was given the opportunity to see the new year and look forward to experiencing new possibilities. For some people (me included) it might be employment; for others a better job; for others a new career. The list of possibilities is endless: but we should look forward to better things with excitement. Include God in this year's agenda, because He's been so merciful to you and me.