My New Year’s Day began with a loud clap of thunder and bright lightening strikes shortly after 4 a.m. The husband went to the living room to sleep while cats, a hoss of a dog, and a child filled our double bed (there is no sleeping single in a double bed in this household!). My mind has not stopped since the 4:04 awakening. I scrolled through pictures and videos of celebrations on social media and found myself not getting the big deal . . . “It’s just another day,” . . .  At least that’s where my ho-hum ba-humbug thoughts were taking me. And while technically it may be just another 24 hour day . . . It truly is not  “just another day.” 

The scriptures tell us in Lamentations 3:22 and 23 that each day is a new day. That means that each new day is filled with a new hope. 

A new breakthrough. 

A new freedom. 

So today, on January 1, 2017 . . . I have not only a fresh day of hope . . . I have a fresh year of hope. The anticipation as I continue to learn new skills, the anticipation of, “what’s next” and where exactly will the Lord take this crafting thing, the what’s next with careers and education for Chris, the what’s next as I continue to seek ways to get well, the what’s next in my children’s lives and my grandchildren’s lives . . . A full year of wonder lays before me. 

A full year of hope. 

And yes, there is a gloomy fact that by the time 2017 rolls to an end, many of us will not be here. In 365 days our lives can turn up side down in the blink of an eye. My challenge to us all this year is to seize every moment possible. Tell your parents you love them. Reach out to siblings you often take for granted and rarely speak to. Embrace your children. Pet the dog on the head a few minutes longer, rub the kitty’s belly a few moments longer, and by all means, hug your spouse a little tighter. 

But above all. . . Know that you know that you know your Creator . . . 

The One who came to save us.  

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

The only God that has ever defeated death. 

The One. 

He loves you. 

Do you know Him?

His name?  . . . Jesus.  

Oh what a great year it would be to be set free!