This time of year is always a bit off. All the Christmas build up and anticipation is gone, gifts long since opened, wrapping paper put away, the cookies, cakes, turkey and perhaps a tad too much alcohol already fading in to memory, leaving only, unfortunately, my stretched out belly behind.
And four days from now we will ring in a New Year, which, like living in the shadow of a super star sibling, never quite lives up to expectations. And how can it not? Competing with the the birth of Jesus Christ is no small feat!
This waiting period for 2021 to arrive brings good opportunities for prayer and contemplation and something tells me we are going to need plenty of both. An extremely contentious election year tainted by voter fraud will bring a chaotic start to the New Year, which kicks off with a potentially game changing special election in Georgia and the inauguration of a new president who 70+ million people do not feel was duly elected. And that’s just January.
The Coronavirus is still center stage and so are blue state governors doubling down on lockdowns, whose devastating consequences will only grow exponentially well in to the New Year. Their unprecedented attacks on civil liberties will seem pale in comparison to when a vaccine mandate comes out.
These are trying times, indeed! But also a good opportunity to reflect on values and what it is you stand for. The truth never goes out of fashion, but its defenders shrink and grow periodically. I believe we are at a time of growth, where many people intuitively know things have gone batty and are not willing to enable the charade any more.
That is my hope anyway for 2021. Happy New Year!