Here we are once again bringing in a New Year. When you look back, time seems to have gone by so fast. When you think about the year it can be hard to believe that you did so many things, little things, big things but a lot happened over the span of a year. The question is, did you do good things? Did you do things that made a difference? Or did you have a year that well, it’s over and done with and who cares? Our lives are so short as it is. When you look ahead at time it seems like it goes so slow, but when you look back at time you realize just how fast time is going. When you are young, life and time seem so meaningless, but as those years go by you realize just how important every day is. Maybe we had harsh words with someone this past year. Maybe we haven’t talked to someone for quite a while or even seen them. You see, life is like building a building. Every year is like a new floor being added. But when you build a building or just build a life, you have to have a good strong foundation, if not, one day it will all come crashing down. There’s a song that is played every year at New Years celebrations, it’s called, “Ol Lang Syne.” It means, old long since, or since long ago, or in plain English, for old time sake. It was written by a poet named Robert Burns back in 1788. Here is the English version: Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.
(Chorus) For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
Yes, it sounds like a great drinking song between friends. But this song has become tradition over the years because it reminds us that we need to start the New Year in friendship and not with holding grudges toward one another. How about you? Maybe there is someone you need to forgive and let bygones be bygones. How about this song by Gilbert O Sullivan from his album Driven: Why not let bygones be bygones, what do you say? Why let a difference of opinion get in our way? We both seem to think that it’s the other who’s to blame and unless we can agree, some form of closure, how can we as friends remain. Why not let bygones be bygones, look at us now, having a minor spat between us go way beyond a row. Friends think we’re crazy, letting this go on. It’s insane and if a line can not be drawn under it, surely the only way to ease the pain. Let bygones be bygones. What do you say?
The Bible tells us this, “Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.”
Do you have loose ends that need to be tied up before the New Year, for old times sake?