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New Year's Devotion

Times Gone By

By Missey Butler

Every New Year’s Eve, one of the most common English-speaking songs people sing is a song called Auld Lang Syne. Isn’t it funny how it’s possible to sing a song all your life and have no idea what it means?

It turns out that Auld Lang Syne is a 17th century Scottish song written by a man named Robert Byrns. His transcription of the words "auld lang syne" means times gone by. So when we sing this song, we are saying, “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for the times gone by.”

The other day I was thinking about this well known song, and I couldn’t help but begin to do a little reminiscing myself.

I got to thinking about just how awesome it is to finally reach a place in life when you can honestly be thankful for everything.

I mean everything. All the good, the bad and the ugly. The whole shah bang! Everything that has ever had the fortune or misfortune of passing through the curtains of my life!

I am more and more convinced, that until we truly believe that God really does work out everything in conformity with the purpose of his own will, (Ephesians 1:11) we will never be ready for the next round of the growth process.

A very well known scripture in the book of Romans articulates this remarkable truth very well when it says:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)

If you count yourself as being numbered among the “called out” ones, who also happen to be head over heels in love with God (which by faith, we all can be), you will soon find yourself beginning to see things in a new and marvelous light.

It’s part of that promise given to us in Matthew:

If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)

Then when we ultimately come to the realization that God is after one thing, and that one thing is us giving Him EVERYTHING, then (and only then) will we gladly, without hesitation, partake of that cup of kindness … yet for the times gone by!

As Dame Julian of Norwich said so well, "The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything."

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)

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