The Year that was...

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The Year that was...

We get sentimental this time of year don't we. Looking back through the year and thinking about what did or didn't happen. Sometimes that is a sad thing when we think of the loss or struggle we went though, life has it's sting - doesn't it. Yet during this reflection, it is a time to really take stock in all the good that came, and "firsts" that this year brought. My kids playing sports, the Dodgers in the World Series, I'll never celebrate my child's 9th birthday again - they're all in double digits. The point is the joy is there with whatever struggle may accompany it, They come hand in hand till our days are done. To me the best reminder is to think of firsts, the good, the joy that life has. So I choose to not lose hope, and not let the struggle overwhelm me - so is the encouragement of Jeremiah in his book of Lamentations below:

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Lamentations 3:19 Says...

I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
    while he is young.

28 Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust—
    there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
    and let him be filled with disgrace.

31 For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.