Isaiah 43:16-21 (MSG)
"This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies--
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
—the coyotes and the buzzards--
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sunbaked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me."
Reflection. It can be a good going to look back and learn from the past; however, Isaiah counsels us to not dwell in the past; 'don't keep going over old history.' The call is to live in the present and to take notice that God has something new coming for us. Straight paths, sustaining, refreshing water, life!
2021 was an interesting year. January 1st 2022 - a new day has dawned. A New Year has dawned, and the best is that God is with us. Still with us. Always with us. Forever with us - that is the promise of Jesus. He is our hope!
Happy New Year
Praise. Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we worship and praise you. You, our creator, redeemer and sustainer. Amen. Amen. Amen.