January 1, 2018

Matthew 16:9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?

Even people without a drop of Scottish blood will join in singing Auld Lang Syne at the New Year (many of whom don’t know what the words mean). If we consult the source of all 21st century knowledge, Wikipedia, we find: “The song’s Scots title may be translated into standard English as ‘old long since’, or more idiomatically, ‘long long ago’, ‘days gone by’ or ‘old times’. Consequently, ‘For auld lang syne’, as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as ‘for (the sake of) old times’. This might invoke in some of us a maudlin sentimentality, an affliction to which I am personally prone, but it might also form a foundation from which we move forward. Jesus chides his followers in the above verse because they failed to apply the lesson of God’s past faithfulness to their present situation and their future hope. Which incidents of God’s faithfulness do you need to remember as you confront 2018?

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