STOP AND THINK – New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted. (Hamilton Wright Mabie, 19th and 20th century American essayist and lecturer)

We seem to think that everything changes at midnight on December 31. But, as Mabie points out, it’s really just like the other 364 nights of the year. He continues, however, “…and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. “ Yes, there’s something hopeful about the New Year, isn’t there?

Anyone who is among the living has hope (Ecclesiastes  9:4).