The Stroke of Midnight

The inevitable has happened yet again..
In an instant we went from the very tail end of a year.. to the start of a whole new twelve months cycle.
My wife demonstrated this to our granddaughter by taking down the old calendar..
Then in putting up the new one, taking her through each month to come with special dates (birthdays etc)

This continuing pattern of the years with their seasons, reaffirms the comforting TRUTH of Scripture

“The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”” (Genesis 8:21–22, NIV84)

The course of earth’s history, even climate control, is in the hands of God NOT humanity.

YET most of the world is grasping at straws in their search for hope..
Forlornly believing the stroke of midnight on one night really puts an end to a bad run of months
Wanting to believe, a new year comes with potential for much better days.

Just because the clock struck midnight, it doesn’t mean anything ha schanged.
Even without COVID-19.. millions of lives will again be devastated in 2021
Millions of loved ones will be lost via tragedies; diseases, accidents, murder, terrorism & proverbial bus!

How do we face with confidence a new year in which so much can go wrong?
“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul”.

Readings reproduced on this page:
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, 1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan


Romans 8:28–39 (NIV84)

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.

34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

36As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,

39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Romans 8:32 (NIV84)

32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?