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2010 Amen!

By Ryan, Member of Delve into Jesus since 12/30/2007
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After the all the shine of 2009, we can shout an amen to 2010!

Regardless of the number of trips one has taken around the sun, or how fast your spaceship seems to zip the trip, it is customary to reminisce over the passing of one year while commencing on a new lap.

2009 was an odious year for many. In the waning days of December, a comedian quipped, “I hope the Baby New Year isn’t scheduled for a late term abortion.” To which, I responded, “Well, if Old Man ’09 has escaped euthanasia to cure his major depression with psychotic features, perhaps the Baby New Year will be safe too.”

My attempts to review the events of 2009 are clouded by an ever so realistic illusion that all major news outlets have been reporting from my four-year-old’s bedroom throughout the entire year. Oh, that kid has quite an imagination, with tales of:

- all those pirate attacks!
- naughty behavior being rewarded with endless cake!
- warnings that going to school can make you deadly ill!
- and then - we bombed the moon!

Certainly, 2009 wasn’t all bad; personal and collective victories were celebrated. Your views of the past year may be related to whether you’re sitting in Rio de Janeiro or Chicago. Ah but, Chicago also celebrated a triumph of its own early in 2009.

In the US, a political star was spotted. People on both sides of the ideological divide saw this star signaled the coming of an awaited one. Regardless of how tongue-in-check or hope-and-change each faction’s super descriptions of this super figure were, the rhetoric of both groups underscored humanity’s innate, longing need for a Savior.

Later in the year, the world’s leaders, knowing little about the veritable carbon-free flight of eagle’s wings, jetted off to Copenhagen to decide how best to save the planet. Kudos for them having some realization that the world needs to be saved. But, despite their alleged good intentions, and as undisputedly evidenced by the carbon-heavy and God-devoid footprint of their summit, they remain more a part of the problem, than they are part of the solution – the sole and absolute solution.

As the blue moon of December 31 resulted in my son calling for another round of bombing it, I felt some despair over the times in which he is growing. However, God does encourage us to dwell on the sunny side and fear nothing.

Just as there’s no need to panic over the hoards of reporters hiding under my son’s bed, there is also no need to fret about the happenings of the past year or worry about the prospects coming in the next year. God is Mission Control and we are all rocketing toward His destination.

Each day, be it of 2009 or 2010, is the day God has intentionally made; we can be glad for all. Whether in sunshine or under the darkness of trouble, every day works to our good. All events, both personal and shared, shape us and move the world closer to the fulfillment of God’s plan.

Each day will bring us closer to the return of our Lord!

Therefore we can all heartily echo a global:

2010;amen!
 

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