Over the thirty-five years we have been married, we have celebrated the coming of a New Year in many different ways. Some years we have gone to gatherings; some years we have hosted them. Sometimes we have had another family over for the evening. Some years Kristin's family has joined us for an early dinner and some games (or dancing to Grooveshark requests by the grands!). Some years we have gone to a New Year's Eve service. Sometimes, we have just gone to bed early and welcomed the New Year in the morning.
But there is one tradition that is consistent in our celebration of a new year.
For many years now, our family has made a list of the past year's highlights. We record births and deaths and major events, but we also include vacations, lost teeth, and room remodels. Basically, we record anything that seems significant to any family member.
As much as I like to celebrate, I think that there needs to be some quiet time surrounding the arrival of a new year...a time to reflect on the time that has passed, and a time to consider what the Lord would have for us in the year to come. Moments for contemplation.
Compiling this list of blessings, accomplishments, sorrows, and growth provides a framework for reflection.
The list becomes an Ebenezer. "Thus far the Lord has helped us."
This is Day 23 in the series CeLeBRaTe!! Click ~here~ to see more.