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I Want to Hold Your Hand

The hour glass of my life is pouring sand through at a speed that is remarkable.  I have always felt the passage of time, but it was more leisurely then…not so abrupt and noticeable.  Now, it seems as if the days are like hours, months are like days, and years are like months.  What used to be a long range plan is thrust upon me so swiftly that the ink does not dry on the planning agenda before I must tear it from the pad for the blank sheet of a new year’s anticipated needs.  I am about to bid farewell to 2015 and so much is yet undone.  I surely do hope I can be a better steward of my time in 2016 because now the days are “precious” in their number. They are moving swiftly by…..No time to kill ever….every minute is precious, indeed!

I love to read quotes from folks.  I find that a quote is a person’s attitude about a topic that is reduced to its simplest form.  I do not know anything about Hillary DePiano, but I liked this quote of hers I read regarding New Year’s Eve from her book “New Year’s Thieve”….

Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down. We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live that it’s important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee. Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.” ― Hillary DePianoNew Year’s Thieve

I like her thought above about the convergence of time where she states, “…just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present….” That is what happens globally this evening.  There are no exceptions, no “not now’s”, no postponing.  Ready or not, the year swiftly closes, and the unknown of a year that has never been before is launched for all to embark on the great adventure of 2016!  Only God knows what the future holds.  So glad, He holds our hands!

Many years ago, King George VI of England addressed the British Commonwealth on New Year’s Eve at a moment in history when the whole world stood on the brink of uncertainty. 

Despondency and uncertainty filled the air.
The king’s own body was racked by cancer.
Before that year was over, his life ended. 

Unaware of his own physical maladies, he uttered these memorable words:
“I said to the man at the gate of the new year, ’Give me a light that I might walk safely into the unknown.’ And he said to me, ’Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God. It shall be to you safer than the light and better than the known.’ “
   (taken from a sermon of Ravi Zacharias, “IF THE FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED”).