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December 31, 2020

“And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.'” Revelation 21:5a

We have finally reached the end of 2020. It has been, in many ways, a year that we’d just has soon forget. At the very least it will feel good to move on. New Year’s Eve always brings a sense of hope. Our celebrations will be different, of course, but while that may cause sadness it’s also okay. We can gather another time.

We know that the turning of the calendar from one year to another will not make everything better. It’s an arbitrary marker without the power to dispel viruses or racism or any of the many other things that afflict us. This long winter is not over. Not by a long shot. We ought not place too much hope in 2021 or in our own resolutions, no matter how resolute. 2021 will not be all good.

By the same token, we ought not imagine that 2020 has not been filled with blessings. This morning I’m taking stock of the many things for which I have to be thankful this year. I am grateful for being able to spend more time with my family. I rejoice in the calling of a new pastoral colleague. I marvel that I get to do ministry in a setting like Grace. I thank God for Erika, Greta, Anders, and Torsten. I am grateful, always, for the gift of God’s grace made manifest in Jesus Christ. 2020 has not been all bad.

On this day when the calendar turns, we remember that all of our times and seasons are in the Lord’s hand. On this side of heaven, there will always be good and bad around us, even as we are each both saint and sinner. A final turning, however, will one day happen. A new heaven and a new earth shall be called into creation, a promise guaranteed in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. No matter what the New Year brings, the new creation is coming.

Whatever you’re doing New Year’s Eve, have fun tonight. Stay safe, y’all.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of creation, our time is in your hands. We pray for grace and peace to abound in the coming year; that justice and righteousness will spring forth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Last year, the boys and I charted a course into the New Year at the Museum of Science and Industry.

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