I have this calendar.

It’s brand new.  I’ve only leafed through the 12 pages briefly.  It’s right here under the 2010 calendar on my desk… the one that is loaded with appointments and events.   The new one has no markings… just beautiful pages of American landmarks like Mount Vernon and Monticello, with quotes from the great men who lived there.

There’s something about a brand new year.  We’re going to roll right into just as easily as we roll right into a new week or a new month.  But when I begin a new calendar year, I always feel such new hope.  The old year is past, those things are behind us.  We give a great sigh of relief and gear up for a fresh start.

2010 has been a year of great hardship and deep suffering for many people who are dear to my heart.  I have prepared more food for funeral meals this year than I can truly recount without going back through that old calendar.  It has been a year of hospital visits and worried phone calls.  My heart aches for all my friends who have bravely celebrated that first Christmas without loved ones.

And so we bid farewell to this year.  I’ll be holding you in my heart as I usher in the new year.  I’ll sing Auld Lang Syne as the clock strikes midnight.  I’ll cry, as always.  And I’ll eat some black eyed peas.   They won’t make a bit of difference, but I’ll enjoy that tradition while I hope and pray for a blessed 2011.

7 Responses to “Calendar”

  1. bette says:

    Beautiful, Sandy! I just thank God that He has come so close this year and that He is bigger than any heart ache that we experience. <3 <3 <3

  2. Lawanda Calton says:

    Your thoughts are so well written and meaningful to us all. Thank you! Yes…..we use these days between Christmas and New year’s Day as a time to reflect, a time to let things slip into the past as we go tumbling into the future! Now I must get to my feet and push on!

  3. Marcea Clive says:

    Sandy, I always look forward to the New Year. It is fun to anticipate what might come. There are always exciting things and people that pop into our lives and, of course, there are our old friends to hold close. I am looking forward to reading your blog this year. You just keep me entertained….. Happy New Year……

  4. Sylvia says:

    Very well put Sandy!Just yesterday, I was having a discussion w/Matthew about continuing on in the new year.And it was me doubting.He reminded me that we’re still here because God needs us to be.He showed me his journal he wrote in a year ago; & he wrote his 10 goals for 2010; some were well thought, some silly. He completed 3 of those goals, the first 1 being,”read God’s word everyday”. He has 10 more goals for 2011. He wrote a summary for 2010 & from it I quote “We have a great reassurance that we’ll see Dad again when our names are called..I can’t wait!But God has a story for me, to live it….I’m going to obey God’s word.” I’m humbled. I’m writing my goals today.

  5. Sandy says:

    Sylvia, that’s wonderful. Your family was certainly on my heart as I wrote this.

  6. Jan Self says:

    Without God’s strength, comfort and peace we wouldn’t be able to walk into a new year because we would get stuck on the disappointments and sorrows of 2010. Because He says we can do all things through His strength we must believe and go forward into his promise of brighter days to come. May God bless you and Gary for giving light and joy to others in your ministry of music and love.

  7. Sandy says:

    Thank you Jan. All of us loved singing for your mother and your family.

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