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And so dawns another New Year …

11.30 pm Thursday, 31st December 2015.

I would normally be in church but a bout of flue had kept me home.  I was watching the world celebrate the dawn of another year.  The TV channel carried pictures as 2016 winged its way across the globe.  Spectacular fireworks from Sydney Harbour, where residents were among the first to celebrate.  Then Tokyo, Taiwan,  Beijing,  Thailand … the New Year was inching towards home.  A news break to report that a fire  had broken out in a high rise building in Dubai .. and another report showing the quiet deserted streets of Belgium where public celebrations had been cancelled due to threat of terror attacks.

Five minutes to go … I knocked off the TV and picked up the Bible.  It opened to a verse I like  .. Proverbs  21.17  – The words of the wise.  What a beautiful word to start the year :  “incline your ear and hear my words and apply your mind to my teaching.”   I read right through to Chapter 23 .. the thirty sayings of admonition and knowledge.

Then I went onto the balcony and that was when I felt it … the unmitigated hopes of the universe;  the dreams and aspirations of men. The nonstop drum-roll of crackers bursting like a volley of cannonball fire but more muted, one blending into the other.  For a full 15 minutes or so.  I recorded it on my phone but the recording does not do justice to the sounds or the feelings they expressed.

The world ushers in a New Year with such anticipation – whether it is in Sydney, Singapore or Sri Lanka. What is man that he expects things to be slightly different,  just a little bit better with the turn of a page onto a New Year.  Thousands and thousands and thousands of Rupees/Dollars/Sterling expended to see the New Year in with a bang and a hope that the bang of joy will continue for another 365 days – and the New Year will be better than the last.

Strangely, I felt that man seems so lost, so alone and yet so full of hope for the future.   I wondered … God are you looking down ?  Can you see the fireworks, the expectations with which people are ushering in the year? Can you see their dreams?  their hopes for happiness ? How do You view this .. we seem so puny with these dreams of a better life?

I got to thinking … how would we usher in a life of eternity … the life we would have to embrace the moment of our death.  Would it be with the same bang and expectations and celebrations ?   Shouldn’t we give some thought to that .. the most defining and all important moment of our lives?

As you inch towards that day, whenever it may be, may you find the joy, the peace, the happiness, and the contentment that you seek in the New Year. May all your expectations be filled to overflowing.

My wish to all of you ..“.. May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 comments on “And so dawns another New Year …

  1. Amy
    January 10, 2016

    …man seems so lost, so alone and yet so full of hope for the future, so very true!

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  2. Hargun Wahi
    January 2, 2016

    Happy new year! It was indeed a beautiful verse to start the new year with .
    Have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. Anonymous
    January 2, 2016

    Thank you Rossane, it’s beautiful! I think i should read my Bible more often this year:) Wish you a very happy New year too! God bless you!!!

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  4. Janet Sunderland
    January 1, 2016

    Your closing line is one of my all time favorite lines. And so I give back to you: May the Lord bless and keep you; may the Lord’s face shine upon you and grant you peace. Happy New Year, my dear.

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  5. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    January 1, 2016

    Glad that you share your thoughts with us, 🙂 Wish you a wonderful 2016 ahead… 🙂

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    • Rambling Rose
      January 1, 2016

      A really wonderful year to you too Maniparma … and many memorable mundane moments with Jithin 🙂

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  6. Dorah A. K.
    January 1, 2016

    “At the moment of [my] death,” the celebration will begin when I see the love on my Savior’s face with my own eyes on the other side of eternity. Happy New Year, Rose!

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  7. ulli
    January 1, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your friendly wishes. I wish you a wonderful peaceful year 2016,
    Ulli

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  8. trablogger
    January 1, 2016

    You think too much 😉
    So just happy new year 🙂 Have a fabulous year ahead.

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    • Rambling Rose
      January 1, 2016

      Thanks my friend. Shall try to think less 🙂 Happy New Year to you too …and thank you for your inspiration over the year.

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      • trablogger
        January 2, 2016

        Thanks to you too 🙂
        And I was just kidding about the thinking part 🙂

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