Tomorrow will mark the new year. Beyond the change in calendars, what will be different?
We are in the last few hours now. At this point, it is just past 01:00 in London.
In reality, the world is likely to look much like it does now in 24 hours. The change in calendar page is somewhat arbitrary, but it is nearly uniform across the world, and that makes for something in common.
Having said that, my suspicious nature fully expects terrorist attacks some place or places. Whether the attacks in Istanbul today were part of that, I do not know.
And that does not take into account the other lives that will change in the next few hours. Many of those changes attributable in part to the traditions of heavy alcohol abuse as part of the events. I've seen some of those things in the past. Deaths and horrible injuries from drunken driving. Pregnancies and broken hearts from lowered inhibitions resulting from drunken behavior. Strained marriages and divorces as a result of similar things. Financial distresses resulting from all the above. Families in disarray as a result of all the above. And much else, most of it bad.
Ask any cop, ER doc or nurse, any pastor or counselor, any local judge, any EMT or paramedic or tow truck operator. Or waitress. Some years ago, Dear Wife and I stayed home until we figured most of the drunk drivers (and OVI checkpoints) were done. We went out to a restaurant, a Perkins or the like. Figured things might have died down. And there we were, seated about two booths away from a group. It was a pimp and several members of the "stable". One of which was a female impersonator. They were, loudly to my ears, recounting their efforts of the previous evening. This was in a Southern city, far from here, in the "Bible Belt". Well, evidently some citizens, a fair number actually, had branched out from that. Those activities will also be taking place tonight. NO ONE is the better for that.
Yes, I've seen it. I've not, generally, been one of the revelers: it's just not the sort of thing that I've ever been "into", even in my own Bad Old Days.
Yet I believe that the Lord was aware of it, more than I was, and that He can bring something good out of the most awful circumstances. Have seen it in fact. But it will take His involvement, and perhaps our obedience as well.
The Old Testament reading is the book of Malachi, all four (short) chapters.
Malachi's name means "messenger". This was written some time around 430 B.C., and AFTER the return from the exile in Babylon.
The New Testament reading is chapter 22 of the Revelation.