For Your Best In 2008

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For Your Best In 2008

If you’re anything like me, just writing the 8 in 2008 gives me the shivers..

Can we really be in a New Year? Is it true that this year I’ll have a milestone birthday that means I’m not just getting older, but I am actually getting OLD?

Over the Holidays I heard from friends old and new–lot’s of changes afoot! New jobs, relocations, filmmakers working on new films, authors writing new books, moms and dads dealing with new kids¢â‚¬¦but all of this alongside the old.

Thoughts about those past places and projects bring a mix of wistfulness, joy and some regrets.

Forgetting what is behind, I press forward, so said the Apostle Paul.

Sharon, sent me this from ABRAHAM KUYPER on New Year’s Eve¢â‚¬¦

“When presently the 12th stroke of the clock shall have sounded,
we will stand again at the opening of a new year. For that year
also God appoints the beginning. He plants it.
His divine hand commits the germ of it to the life of the world.

But likewise, his is the knowledge of what the end of the year shall bring us.
The cup of bitterness and of suffering that this year shall put to our lips.
All blessings that shall come to us, all the abundance that shall be our portion.
All the blessed comfortings that shall refresh our hearts.

And therefore, we do not fear and neither be afraid,
but now, at the change of years, in childlike confidence
grasp the faithful hand of that Father who is in heaven;
and with that Father who is in heaven, this year will be to our good and to our benefit.”

And George MacDonald’s January 1st reading from Diary of an Old Soul goes as follows:

Lord, what I once had done with youthful might, 

Had I been from the first true to the truth, 

Grant me, now old, to do with better sight, 

And humbler heart, if not the brain of youth; 

So wilt thou, in thy gentleness and ruth, 

Lead back thy old soul, by the path of pain, 

Round to his best young eyes and heart and brain.

Since I am surrounded by such a wondrous cloud of friends and witnesses to hopefulness and dreams–
let us proceed one and all into 2008 with eyes wide open,
hearts preparing God room and heads orbiting around the good, true and beautiful.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

(Sunrise art by Natasha McCrory – Mount’s Bay Sunrise #2)

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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