Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered.
But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.
As reporters look back upon the news of this passing year, what was your news? What were the breaking stories in your life? More importantly, where did you see the Hand of God move? Did He lead you away from temptation? Did He deliver you from evil? Did you ask these things of Him?
Is it possible to count the benefits and blessings of God? Consider a few fundamentals: air, water, food, shelter, clothes, warmth, health, mobility, family, friends, fellowship, talents, purpose, education, employment, tools, conveniences, income, possessions, passion, joy and the freedom to worship.
What about the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting? I cannot possibly add up His gifts to me and my house, but attempting to count them is a better remedy for insomnia or depression than sheep or pills.
'Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!' (Psalm 68:19).
When I awaken in fear or worry, here's my personal prescription: 1) I remember Jesus and what He did for us. (This recollection reconnects me quickly to God.) 2) I pray for everyone who enters my mind. (Satan hates it when we pray for others.) 3) I thank God for His blessings.
My own sleepy-time 'count my blessings' goal is to reach one hundred. I don't think I've gone over forty before sleep comes. (Satan can't hang around for long when we're in the process of exchanging 'The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness' (Isaiah 61:3)).
Now we approach December 31 in reminiscences--both sweet and bitter. We sing the song, Auld Lang Syne: a simple melody that nudges us to remember our friends and the good old times.
All the more, our primary remembrance at this year's conclusion should be the miracles of God: 1) Those in the Bible; 2) Those in our own lives; 3) Those we have seen in the lives of others.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Goodbye Year! series.