A New Song for a New Year -- 2015

The year of Our Lord 2014 is now in the history books.  It brought with it the normal and sometimes unusual ups and downs.  Babies were born, loved ones passed away.  Couples were married and some were allowed to marry for the first time in their states.  There was conflict and attempts at peace.  There were bad days and there were good ones.  Oh, and the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years!

The year of our Lord 2015 has taken first steps.  I was watching an episode of Dr. Who as midnight struck.  It was a Christmas episode in which Matt Smith regenerated into Peter Capaldi.  The old became new (even though in Peter Capaldi's case the face is an older one compared to Matt Smith).  Whatever the case it was a fitting episode to watch to bring in the New Year.  After all the New Year comes with a new face, even though it carries with it the legacy and memories of the past year.  With that in mind, let us look forward to a year of ups and downs, sadness and joy, and do so knowing that our journey is undertaken in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  

In the spirit of the New Year, I share the word from the Psalmist (Psalm 98), who invites us to sing a New Song to the Lord, "for he has done marvelous things." 


Psalm 98

O sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
    have gotten him victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;
    he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the victory of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who live in it.
Let the floods clap their hands;
    let the hills sing together for joy
at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.


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