It’s finished. This year is done. We can’t change anything that has happened to us over this past year. Not the things that were wonderful and beautiful. Not the things that were frustrating and ugly. We can’t change anything that we have experienced – from thrilling adventures and calming vacations to deep and hard loss, suffering and grief. We can’t change anything that others did to us out of kindness and love or out of cruelty and spite. We can’t change anything that we thought or said or did to ourselves or to others either.

How does that leave you feeling? Are you regretting or celebrating this past year? Are you ready to say a quick and final “Good riddance!” to this past year? Or are you sad to see such a sweet and meaningful year go? No matter what we may be feeling about this past year, are we willing and able to see and embrace – even in the midst of our struggles and our successes, our heartbreaks and our joys, our shameful acts and our shining moments – God’s eternal truths that are able to make a difference for each of us, each and every day of each and every year? God’s eternal truths that declare:

God is still God.

God is in control.

God loves us unfailingly.

God is with us constantly.

God is our eternal Abba.

God is our eternal Savior.

God is our eternal peace.

God is our eternal hope.

God is our eternal joy.

God conquered sin.

God conquered death.

God is the Resurrection and the Life.

God makes all things new.

God makes all things beautiful in its time.

God doesn’t change.

Yet, our God is able to change everything for us! He did it through the death of His Son Jesus who finished the work on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Through His death and resurrection all of us and all things may be made new! In Christ there is a new beginning!

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished,

and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

…When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:28, 30

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

…He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

Revelation 21:5-6

Our God is eternal and is able to make all things new! May we each choose to embrace the finished work of Jesus Christ who loves us passionately and offers us grace and renewal, life and hope today and every day of our lives! Let’s celebrate each new moment by living life with Jesus as our Lord, our Alpha and Omega, beginning now and for all eternity! Amen!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,