Bringing in 2011

Can a year die?

2010 is no more. But if it is gone it has passed away smoothly and quietly, like a sweet memory of a distant dream.

While mobs flocked to Times Square to party under a ton of confetti and to watch a silver ball drop, we spent our New Year’s Eve at our church’s prayer meeting.

It’s not so dreary as it sounds. I’d much rather spend New Year’s Eve at church this way than at Times Square, or watching the ball and the Vienna Philharmonic on television. Somehow focusing on God at the tipping point between one year and the next makes you realize how precious life and time is. Besides, there’s also the camaraderie of worshipping, praying, and welcoming the new year with all your good friends.

Last night was almost too short. Last year was too short.

At the same time so much happened.

Wall Street Journal’s daily podcast said as much. To many, nothing much seemed to happen in 2010, but when you look at the most popular news articles, many important things took place:

  • Apple introduced its iPad — in 2009 no one knew what it was.
  • Greece’s financial crisis worried the EU.
  • America’s Tea Party gained unexpected momentum in elections.
  • 33 miners were safely rescued from a mine in Chile.

… and the list goes on.

On a personal note, 2010 was a significant year:

… and I’ve entered another stage of life.

At midnight my church handed out red envelopes with Bible verse cards in them.

Here’s my verse for the year:

For his anger lasts only a moment,

but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may remain for a night,

but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

God will do great things in 2011. Years don’t die; they give birth to new ones.


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