The crackling sound of fireworks resonating through the air... the fascinating display of lights dancing in the sky... and the joyous cries of people of every age and status filling the atmosphere.
Joy and hope. This was the scenario last January 1, 2015. But, come to think of it, this IS the scenario EVERY January 1st of the unpredictability of the coming year, every one welcomes life with a smile. Because every new year, every one hopes that things will change... that things will be better! Regardless of the unpleasantness of the past year and regardless
But isn’t it that the only true joy lies in a life with Christ? Isn’t it that the only solid hope we have is Jesus? He who is the Fountain of joy and the Spring of hope? If all would just realize this, then maybe, we would welcome each new year quite differently - still with a bang, but a different kind of bang -
The resounding name of JESUS.
And when we do, our shouts will resonate louder than the loudest firecracker and our lives will illuminate brighter than the brightest firework.
Now, if we can’t wait for 2016 to come, all the better! For we need not wait for the new year to proclaim the power of His name. Here, now, we can. We should.