The world is marking an ending and a beginning. It’s “New Year” is about forgetting last year and starting fresh. It’s a time when “New Year’s Resolutions” are made and most often forgotten.
Yet we as Christians choose not to forget.
At each Passover, our Lord Jesus said: In Egypt, “we were slaves” as he remembered and participated in the history of the Exodus.
At each Easter, we proclaim the resurrected Lord and remember that we stand idly by and continue to allow his crucifixion to take place, even today.
At each Christmas, we have to rouse ourselves from all the distractions of the world and remember the great gift that God has given to us in Jesus Christ.
It seems that we are a forgetful people who need constant reminders of our past, our present and our future.
For us, New Year’s is not a time to wipe the slate of memories clean but instead to remember and watch in overwhelming gratitude as God wipes the slate of consequences clean for us.
With God’s love, we can live a forgiven and reconciled life even as the memories of our past are still a part of us.