He was probably only about seventeen years old when his hometown of Jerusalem was torn apart by raids and war and siege. Even though he had remained committed to God in the midst of an increasingly unfaithful culture, he faced the consequences of his people’s disobedience along with everyone else. Did it feel unfair?
The survivors were forced on a 500 mile trek to Babylon as prisoners. There he must have presented himself well, because he was selected along with the very best for a special 3-year training program. At least he wasn’t alone – three of his friends from back home were also selected. His captors gave each of them a new name and introduced them to a whole new way of life – the way of Babylon.
It’s the end of 2016. A new year is just hours away. What will it hold? What dreams will come true? What sorrows will be felt? What joys will be experienced? What new chapters will be written – or closed – in the story of life?
The future is uncertain.
But the past is not. Continue reading
Happy New Year, everyone! 2015 has given way to 2016, and we are all waiting expectantly to find out what the new year holds for each one of us.
A couple years ago I started some personal year-end, year-start traditions of my own. Perhaps some of you may like to try them out as well. Continue reading
It’s the last day of 2014.
It seems as though each year passes by quicker than the year before. Perhaps it is to remind us that life is temporary, and that with each passing day and hour, we draw closer to the end. And yet we know that this life is not all there is. Even these temporary times serve a non-temporal purpose, as we use them to prepare for the eternal.
I had all planned out what I was going to write about today. If you had asked me yesterday, I could have told you pretty well exactly what I was going to write about. But now, I’m not so sure. Something happened last night, and it made me wonder if God wanted me to write about a different topic. Continue reading