As the Year Winds Down…
IT HAS BEEN a tumultuous year.
We’ve seen so many changes and so much confusion and distress this past year; I’m sure 2016 is one for the records. Some of the changes have been good, and some have been bad—horrible, in fact.
And I’m not talking about the elections. Which if you voted for Trump makes it a good change and if you voted for Hillary (or someone else) makes it a bad change.
Racial tensions increased. Terrorism is on the rise. More policemen than ever were killed on the job. Millions of babies were aborted. Colleges were turned into places where our freedoms were squelched. Sanctions on Cuba were lifted. Harriet Tubman replaced Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill. 49 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Wikileaks released more than 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Convention. Hurricane Matthew killed 49 Americans and more than 500 Haitians. Zika was declared a public emergency. America turned its back on Israel. The list goes on and on.
Personally, I had a really tough year. I had one hip replaced—twice, since the first one failed. I had bladder cancer. My beloved father died. My dog died. My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Another dear friend passed away.
But through it all, there is a whispered hope that stays in my mind and reminds me that all is not lost. There is a God in heaven, and He has everything under control. Just because I can’t see through the fog doesn’t mean there isn’t sunshine on the other side. God is good, all the time.
We live in a fallen, sin-sick world where everything is passing away, but the time is growing closer for the return of Jesus to claim His own and establish a new heaven and a new earth. All things will be made new and we will enjoy peace.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for that peace.
Happy New Year.