Hope for a New Year

new year2Since I was a child, I’ve always felt the shift of the clock from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, to 12:00 a.m. on January 1, should be magical, fantastical, miraculous; as if something incredible should happen at the very second a year flips over.

Shouldn’t the problem I’ve struggled over all year suddenly have resolution, or money fall from the sky like confetti in New York’s Times Square, or people desperately seeking restored health be instantly healed?

Shouldn’t broken hearts be renewed and shattered relationships repaired, mobile phones ringing and buzzing with offers of love and forgiveness?

Shouldn’t Jon come out of his room with a huge hug and Happy New Year wishes, and loved ones who’ve passed on, walk smiling through my door, shouting, “Hey! I’m back!”?

You know…amazing stuff like…answers. Reversals. Miracles.

I wait for it every year. Deep inside I admit to expecting it. But another new year seems to come and go as ordinary as most days. We celebrate it for a few hours, the fireworks fade and we wake up the next morning to another sunrise. Another start. Another chance. Another twenty four hours.

What is it about a new year that makes us yearn for more?

I think it’s hope. Hope is defined as desire accompanied by anticipation, expectation and confident belief. Hope is central to our very existence.

1 Corinthians 13:13, combines “faith, hope and love,” with love being the greatest. But how is love even possible without faith and hope? When hope walks out, all other longing goes with it. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

The human heart has an incredible capacity to keep hope alive, even in the darkest times; to keep wishing for perfection, beauty, solutions, joy, and love. It shouldn’t surprise us, for we are made in God’s image, and He is all these and more.

There is a spark of hope in us that ignites new promise for a new year.

Maybe this year I’ll get that raise or promotion. Maybe this year I’ll meet that special someone. Maybe this year my situation will turn. Maybe this year my health will improve. Maybe this year my sorrow will turn to joy. Maybe this year will be my break through.

Last year was hard, but it’s over. This year will be better.

I hope.

We can’t know what a year will bring, but of this we can be certain: God will be in this New Year with us, just as He always has been. He has not forsaken us, even though we may not feel Him near. His mercy is new and available every morning and His love for us is endless. He can be trusted with our future.

As the year before us unfolds, my hope and prayer is, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit,” Romans 15:13.

The best of blessings to you and yours in the days ahead. May your year be abundant with hopes fulfilled.

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4 thoughts on “Hope for a New Year

  1. Norma Barlow

    That was beautiful, Diane. Definitely food for thought. You are an inspiration. I know a bit of the challenges
    you face on a daily basis. I am privileged to call you friend. Miss you guys. Hugs to all 0f you. Have a Happy and health New Year.

    1. Judy Wagner

      Awesome word again Diane. Thanks for sharing. I too wonder what this year will hold. Next month I will be 73. My body just can’t do what it use to. My energy level is really going down hill. Then I think of you and the journey you are on and how you do it. As far as I know I am healthy just tired. I am trying not to think of what life will be like as I get older and just trust the Lord that He will see me through until He calls me home. You my friend are such an inspiration. I see your hands and feet all twisted then the road you walk with Jon. Knowing how much you would love to hug your son but he won’t let you. I just can’t imagine how hard that has to be. God made you very special because the average person probably couldn’t handle your journey. I do pray for you and Mike. Thanks for being my friend. I love you so much. My hope and future is being with Jesus where all will be well then. So until then we shall carry on because we are not home yet. I am trying to gather up some clothes for you. I am just so slow these days. I think I got rid of most smalls but have mediums and some 10’s. When I get them together will bring them to you and see what fits. Think I will call you Skinny Girl. Love You!

      1. Diane

        So thankful for someone like you to uphold me on this journey. God brings wonderful people along side us so we can encourage each other and laugh about how crazy life on this planet gets. Love you Judy. You are a blessing and make my heart smile everytime I see you!

    2. Diane

      Miss ya’ too Normie and thanks for being one of my longstanding ‘cheerleaders’ through the years. Though you’re far from me in miles you’re never far from my heart and thoughts :)

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