In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
God be praised above all other things! The Precious Beloved has blessed us with another year of life. As we celebrate the coming of 2006, and our hopes for a happy, safe, and prosperous new year grow by the minute, let us take some time and reflect over all the blessings we have enjoyed this past year.
It is amazing, it felt like yesterday when I was celebrating the New Year last year (in a hospital call room…I was working that night). The year 2005 passed by so quickly, yet I was blessed immensely during this past year. Why, the fact that I am living and breathing right here, right now is testimony to an enormous blessing of the Lord God Almighty. Each day I live, each step I take, each moment that I breathe, I am a living example of God’s immense and unending Love for me. And I can’t help but love Him back.
I mean, that is really what is so happy about the New Year, right? That God has showered us with immense blessings this past year, and that we are alive and well witnessing the turning of another year.
Yet, as we revel this evening, we must never forget the myraids of people who may not have a very happy December 31: the millions of survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; the millions of survivors of the Asian earthquake; the families, friends, and loved ones of the American soldiers who have fallen in Iraq; the thousands of family members, friends, and loved ones of the thousands of innocent Iraqis who have had their lives taken because of the war. Just as there are countless people who are happy this December 31, we must never forget that there many others who are less fortunate. May the Lord shower them with happiness, strength, and succor this New Year holiday and beyond.
Let me conclude with my most heartfelt wishes for a happy, healty, safe, and prosperous New Year to each and every one of you. I can’t begin to explain how much I honor and value each and every reader who comes upon this site: from the casual visitor to those who have honored me with allowing my post to enter the sacred space of their email inbox. Let me tell you, I know how precious that space is, and I will never take that for granted. May the Lord God bless, honor, and protect each and every one of you this coming New Year.
Happy, Happy, Happy New Year, everybody!!!