by: Rich Vaughan
RICH’S RITTINGS – JANUARY 4TH, 2021
A NEW YEAR BEGINS
And just like that 2020 is gone and I doubt very many are sad to see it go. In fact, I wonder how many people stayed up to midnight to MAKE SURE that the year 2020 left! But, leave it did, and now here we are on the 4th day of a new year. 2021 sounds strange and it will, for a little while, until we get use to writing it and saying it. What does 2021 hold? Nobody knows. How many of us on January 4th, 2020 had any idea that a pandemic was on the horizon, a presidential election would be so questioned and that protests would be part of our experiences as we began a new year?
What did 2020 teach us? Well, for one, that you could safely wear a mask into a bank and no one would even raise an eyebrow! Seriously though, I think there are several things we learned from 2020. We were reminded how important family is. We learned how many things we took for granted. We learned a new appreciation for those in the teaching and health professions, as well as, first responders and law enforcement. We learned that toilet paper is more precious than gold in the eyes of many of the population (not sure what that says of us!). We learned some people are selfish, but many are just good people and neighbors, and all about Zoom and other meeting formats. Probably, more than we wanted to know. We learned how much we miss hugging people, we learned that the church can change as it learned a whole new way to witness and be effective in a restricted world, and we learned how easy it can be to lose freedom if we are not careful. But perhaps, most importantly, we learned that the Lord is with us though the highs and lows of life -- He still brings good moments out of the bad moments. We also learned how much we miss the fellowship of our church family, when we could not attend services.
I really have no clue what 2021 holds and that is probably just as well. But, I do know who holds 2021 in HIS hands and I do know how much He loves us, and for me that is enough to begin a new year with faith, hope and love. And isn’t that all we really need to know? Amen & Amen.