The sun comes up
Its a new day dawning
Its time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes…
I heard Matt Redman’s song 10,000 Reasons for the first time last night. The lyrics seem appropriate somehow for the beginning of a new year. It’s a new start, a new day dawning. Whatever 2012 brings, I want to keep praising the LORD. Whatever happens… whatever lies before me, I want to keep on singing.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year is the Complete Jewish Bible. (No, I’m not Jewish.) I put it on my Christmas list because I want to know more about my Christian roots. I want to know more about the rich heritage that we have been given from the Jewish people. How can we truly understand the Bible if we don’t try to understand the background and customs of the people from whence it came? The great thing about this Bible, is it contains both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament). I am thinking that reading the Old Testament from a Jewish perspective will be the difference between seeing with 20/60 vision and seeing with 20/20. It will be like getting a new pair of eyeglasses and seeing each blade of grass and each leaf on a tree… everything fine tuned.
But I digress…
The new year. A time of new beginnings. A time to start over. A time to look back at the past year and think, “What wasn’t so great, and how can I change it to make it better? What went well and how can I hold onto that?”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past year, it’s that we do have choices. We can change things. We may not be able to completely change our circumstances, but we can change how we view them. And I’ve learned that lasting changes take time. Be patient. Slow and steady wins the race. (It’s true!)
But in my mind I keep returning to something, something that gives me hope — that the grace of ADONAI is not exhausted, that his compassion has not ended. [On the contrary,] they are new every morning! How great your faithfulness! “ADONAI is all I have,” I say; “therefore I will put my hope in him.”
–Lamentations 3:21-24 (Complete Jewish Bible)