Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Psalm 8, Revelation 21:1-6 (NIV)

We yearn for better days ahead as we start this new year of 2021. Last year, in 2020, while there was ” a time for everything,…and every activity,” there was too much disappointment, discouragement, and death. The covid-19 pandemic has ta ken too many lives, closed so many businesses, evaporated a lot of jobs, and devastated many dreams. On top of this there was political unrest and polarization that is still with us.

We yearn for better days with more life than death, worthy and productive work, and more wholeness, unity of purpose, reconciliation, and worthy accomplishment. We yearn for more because God “has set eternity in the human heart.” We know more positive transformation and accomplishments are possible for as Psalm 8 indicates, “[God has] made them [us] a little lower than the angels and crowned them [us] with glory and honor.” As the footnote specifies other translations have, “You have made them a little lower than God…”

We are wonderfully made and through God’s strength and guidance so much is possible. That’s the promise of God who seeks to work in and through his people in human history. As we long for a better world we can pray for better people and better leaders through whom the Lord can accomplish what is good and right and true. A better world needs better people and we can start with ourselves. We can ask the Lord Jesus to work in and through us so we are transformed, that we might be a transformational presence for Christ Jesus in our corner the world.

Given the sorrow and suffering of 2020 we long for that day, we read of in Revelation 21, when Christ returns and God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” We serve a wonderful, loving and powerful God who is “making everything new!” May God renew us as we begin this new year.

Happy new year to you and know that the Lord is alive, present, and active in our lives and in our world for good.

Prayer: Good and gracious God work your will and way in our lives through your Holy Spirit and the presence and strength of the Lord Jesus. Grant that we may grow and flourish in Christ as each day unfolds in this new year. Bring healing from the pandemic, strength to endure, and new hope as we make our journey of faith in 2021. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.