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Topic: New Year (05/09/05)
TITLE: New Yearís Tradition
By Hazel Williams
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As I brought in the New Year at church, the list was so very far from my mind. To be honest, I had no intention of attending Watch Night Services at the church I am proud to say I am finally a member of-just finished New Members classes two weeks ago. Anywho, I stopped at a fellow saint of the church place of employment, I was bored and wanted to get out of the house. He knew I did not want to go to church that night and decided to get sly. It worked for a moment. Every time I got ready to leave, he always asked me to do something for him. When it dawned on me what he was doing, I must admit that I did talk about him for a moment and realized that I was going to be going to church that night.
Once I got there, I was very thankful of his not so undercover efforts to get me there. Even if I had not attended services that night, I still would have prayed in the New Year. It was nice to pray it in with so many like-minded saints.
The pastor informed us through scripture that this is the year of Grace. He spoke to us about how the numbers spiritually represented what type of year we were going to have. The number five is Grace. This is the year for Godís grace to be poured out over all who have been going through in 2004. Rejoice saints; none of what you went through in 2004 was in vain. We are going to be rewarded for being faithful. We are to be rewarded for steadfastness. We are to be rewarded for not giving up. We are to be rewarded for holding on.
When it was time to pray in the New Year, I closed my eyes and started praying. Before I knew it, the New Year was ushered in and the balloons and confetti were dropping down. Yes, you heard me right, the church I attended brought the New Year in with a bang, which made me all the more thankful. Even though I did not get all my praying in that I wanted, it was a nice celebration. One that I will never forget.
After the services, it was time to eat and fellowship. To bring in the New Year with saints is a beautiful feeling. It is very different from bringing it in at a club, bar or house party. It was a peaceful celebration full of thanks. While fellowshipping, I was telling a saint about my list I create at the first of the year. It was then that I realized that this is the first year that I did not peek at the list. I really did a good job of hiding it from myself this year.
I really did a good job of hiding it. It took me almost thirty minutes to find that list when I got home. I almost forgot about it again. When I did find it, my mouth dropped open. Everything on my list with the exception of two items I received. The two I did not receive were material things (I put them on my list again this year). Who knows, God just might grant me that 1996 Jaguar XJ8 convertible (3 years before Jaguar sold the company and messed up the body of the car) and Lincoln Navigator, canít give up hope this year, considering this will be the third time they are on my list.
Let us run on and see all that God has in store for us this year. I promise not to peek at my list until this time next year, if the Lord is willing.
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