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The New Year - 2007

by Elaine Reese

Does it seem that each year now flies by more swiftly? Why do we first think of all the things we didn't accomplish instead of focusing on where we did succeed?

And yet, at the end of each old year and beginning of the new, we somehow manage to find a new determination, a new outlook.

We will exercise daily. We will lose those excess pounds. (How rich we would be if we had a dollar for every one of those!) I will study the scripture more. I will spend hours in prayer. I will share my Savior Jesus with others.

But the hours become days, weeks, months. We become so caught up in the moment. And here I am again!

But something about the last moment of 2006 and the first of 2007 seems to wipe the slate clean.

I know I cannot change the past - what I have done or not done. But I feel a new beginning - another opportunity. This is my open door for a new beginning - a new life.

And I am so thankful that in His plan, God also chose to give the ultimate gift - His Son Jesus. When Jesus was nailed to that cross he took my slate of shortcomings with Him. When he arose again, He wiped my slate clean.

Thank you, Father, Thank you, Jesus!

Elaine Slater Reese is a freelance writer in Spring Green, Wi. who grew up in Hancock County near Bowen.