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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Auld Lang Syne

“For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.”
2 Corinthians 11:2

My only complaint about Christmas cards is that many people don’t take time to tell you anything. They sign their name, stick a stamp on it and send it off. Now don’t get me wrong if you’re one of those people. I love to know that you thought of me, but I want to know what’s happening in your life. I would love to see a picture of you and your family.
          I love Christmas letters. I love the way they bring me close to the friends I don’t get to stay in close contact with. I always learn something new, even from people I see frequently and are kind enough to put me on their list. I’m jealous for my friends—I want them to stay close to me.
          New Year’s or “Hogmanay” is a big holiday in Scotland where Robert Burns penned his famous song: “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind, should auld acquaintance be forgot and day’s of auld lang syne.” The basic meaning of the phrase is something like “old long since” or “days of long ago.” That’s how I feel about Christmas cards. They bring to mind old relationships from a long time ago, family and friends I may not see very often. There are some who have just passed through my life at an important time and haven’t been seen since, but they hold a special place in my heart.
          I wonder if that is how God feels about His relationship with us. Is your relationship with Him current? Do you take time on a daily basis with Him? Do you pray daily, spilling all of your feelings out to Him and knowing He cares? Or is your relationship from “old long since,” every now and then when you have a problem, or on Christmas and Easter.
          New Year’s is a time for resolutions, decisions to try and do some often neglected things better in the New Year. If you’re thinking about making some resolutions for the next year, thoughtfully consider what God might want from you. He is jealous for you to belong only to Him.
Think about the kind of relationship you have with Him. Begin this year with daily time for keeping your relationship with God current. Go to Him daily, read His word and take time to pray. I guaranty your year will be better for it.

Copyright by Norma Gail Thurston-Holtman & 2MefromHim Ministries, 2011. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission of author.

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