It is always fun to watch the irony unfold at this time of year when persons who ridicule the Christian holy days as so much superstition and pagan sampling, line up to celebrate the great superstition that one more trip around the sun means we will have a new year. Really? The clock strikes midnight on the 31st of December and we turn into new pumpkins. Or something like that.
This reminds me of a wonderful story told by the great Danish theologian, Soren Kierkegaard. A peasant had come barefoot to town, having made enough money to buy himself a pair of stockings and shoes and still have enough left over to get himself drunk. On his way home in his drunken state he lay down in the middle of the road and fell asleep. A carriage came along, and the coachman shouted to him to move aside or else he would drive over his legs. The drunken peasant woke up, looked down at his legs and, not recognizing them because of the stockings and shoes, said: “Go ahead, they aren’t my legs.”
In two days many of our fellow citizens will lie in a drunken state, believing they have entered a new year when in fact, their hang-over will sound like the preacher of Ecclesiastes, hammering their noggins over and again, “there is nothing new under the sun.”
But still, we’ll go along and wish everyone ~a happy new year!~ while realizing it is a superstition. That what we need is a transformation of our lives by the One who makes all things new, even Jesus Christ, the great Redeemer who loved the world so much… Have a safe and meaningful New Year’s Eve. ~ See you Sunday.
*Pastor Bledsoe will be preaching on: A New Year’s Day Enchiridion. Communion will be served. This first Sunday of 2016 offers you the opportunity to begin the year off by worshipping with others. Let’s come together.