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Offering blessings for throughout the new year

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. Chorus: For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne. (First verse and chorus by Robert Burns, 1788) “Auld lang syne” literally translates to “old long since,” and basically means, “days gone by.”

The close of the old year and the birth of the new bring nostalgic memories. We call them, “The good old days.” Sadly, too many of us live in the vague memorials of days gone by. Memories are good; we’ve even lived a few of them. However, they cannot “honestly” be changed. — Unless diligently recorded, they are but mere snapshots of events. Solomon says of them, “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such questions.” Ecclesiastes 7:10.

Yes, there were good old days, but there were also, not so good of days. We can choose to live in the past or learn from it. If we choose the latter, these present days are likely, developing into “the good old days.” “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” — Albert Einstein.

Even better is seeing the best of days as yet to come, eternal days; for the Christ believer, it is a place called heaven. In Christ, the very best is yet to come. “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.” — Anne Frank.

2020, wow, there was a time when it was a date from the future. Well, here we are. For those born in this twenty-first century, much of the technologies are taken for granted. I’m still in amazement of the internet, Google, Alexa, and that amazing gadget in my pocket — I can even use it as a telephone.

Here’s a little 20/20 vision we may want to apply in the New Year: “Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” 2 Chronicles 20:20.

Just for fun, here are all the verses of Ol Lang Syne, in today’s grammar and spellings:

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Chorus: ‘For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.’

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. Chorus

We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne. Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne. Chorus

And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give us a hand o’ thine! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne. Chorus: ‘For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.'”

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

May the Lord bless and keep you throughout the coming year. — Happy New Year!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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