Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 31, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of December 31, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Let this child teach us on New Year's Eve
"And Jesus went down with [his parents] and came to
Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother
kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus
increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor
with God and people."
It is New Year's Eve. For many this is a time for
celebrating the New Year. Some will party, others
attend retreats, church prayer vigils, and worship
services while many will chose to stay home and avoid
the drunk drivers. I usually enjoy this particular
evening at home with friends and loved ones. It is
an enjoyable way to reflect on the old year and
anticipate the new with good food and friends.
This used to be a very painful evening for me. Many
years ago, a very dear friend of mine was killed on
New Year's Eve. He was my best friend and I had
almost married him. His death was sudden and totally
unexpected. He died doing what he loved when his
parachute never opened. He crashed into the earth
and never regained consciousness. I was paralyzed
with grief, along with his many friends and family.
As a result, I live in keen awareness of the frailty
and preciousness of life. Each day is a gift. I
frequently tell my beloved friends and family members
that I love them. I often say, "God bless you." I
try and live each day as if it might be my last,
asking forgiveness when needed, making peace when
possible and not letting the sun go down on my anger.
Yes, I go dancing, clogging, at every opportunity.
My beloved grandmother taught me to honor the memories
of dear departed ones by thanking the good Lord for
all the good memories while living one day at a time.
I treasure cherished memories of my deceased friend,
Bob. As long as we remember, we honor the lives,
lived with love, and they still live on within our
A bookmark of mine shows a little girl at life's
crossroad. The road signs point in different
directions. One sign points to "Your life." The
other sign points to another path significantly
named, "No longer an option." The old year is
almost finished. This is a great time to reflect
on your life and what is no longer an option. It
is a wonderful opportunity to reflect inward, upward,
and outward. What kind of year has it been for you?
Do you have any treasured memories? What was good,
bad, beautiful, and ugly? How have you grown? Where
has God been present in your life? What are your
resolutions, hopes, and dreams for the New Year?
For next year, consider letting the teachings of Jesus
help you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Jesus
grew from a remarkable child into the greatest
spiritual teacher our world has ever known. His
words are full of wisdom, helpful for walking with
God and our neighbors, one step at a time when one
day feels overwhelming. The Gospels offer many
wonderful words of life. Never underestimate their
power to help you and those you love. Jesus will
always be God's show and tell. Through the Gospel
stories, we experience God's loving heartbeat.
Live as God's beloved people. Have a happy New Year.
As we close the year, an old Gaelic blessing comes to
mind, "And may the Lord hold you in the hollow of God's
hand." God bless you.
God, accept our gratitude for this past year. Bless
us in the New Year. Help us be loved all our days.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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