January 1 – Better

Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere
Matt Redman

I watched a classic holiday movie this past week that was based during and around World War II. The opening scene showed the soldiers singing Silent Night on break at their base camp. Each face looked down in sadness as they sang. A song that was played during special moments when at home, brought images as to what Christmas represented. As the songs played on the radio and at home this year, there were times to believe that things were merry and bright. Yet, similar to the movie scene, I sang anyway. Whether you resolve or remember, resolute or repent. I’m praying your New Years and new year is better.

As the clocked hit midnight, and we welcomed 2021, I’m reminded that our resolutions can be made on January 1st, or any other day of the year. The first of the year reminds us that we have a fresh start. More than just a number, we are all holding the hope that 2021 marks something better. 

I’m hoping that 2021 marks
Better times,
Better health,
Better togetherness,
Better understanding,

Or maybe,
Better acceptance.

Perhaps the changes we hope for in 2021 will happen overnight, and 2021 will signify the normality we are all aching for. Yet maybe not. So, let’s settle for better. 

Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”

I haven’t endured a World War or The Great Depression, but members of my family have. They’ve seen the years come and go, and like all these things, this will pass and become better. 

We hope for better this New Years, and the flip of the switch perhaps isn’t what we need, it’s the strength to endure maybe another challenging year. It’s the faith to believe the unseen blessings that Jesus talks about. So, let’s focus on the unseen in our lives, the things that require all the faith we’ve got, because pandemic or not, we’ve always got faith, our circumstances can’t take that away. 

When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.” 
-Morgan Harper Nichols

Our song for today is Better is One Day by Matt Redman

One Reply to “January 1 – Better”

Leave a Reply to Marion Homer Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *