Tuesday, Jan. 3           Read Psalm 8

from W. Darwin Collins, Christian Church Foundation, and Pastor Emeritus, Central Christian Church, Uniontown, PA:

How was 2016 for you? And what is your outlook for the New Year ahead? It’s largely a matter of perspective.  If the old year brought you an unexpected loss or a surprising disappointment, you begin this year of 2017 with a perspective directed toward personal hurts and pain. Conversely, if your old year brought a joyous surprise or a hopeful promise of personal improvement, your eyes might be directed toward opportunities and hope. I believe for most of us, it is a combination of those two opposite extremes, a mixture of good and bad, so our perspective might be directed with some skepticism mixed with hope.


I would offer to us, seeking to be faithful believers, another perspective: the psalmist remedy at the beginning a new day or year is to look skyward. For if we turn our perspective toward the handiwork of God and God’s constant blessings, we discover that highest on the list of God’s achievements is us! In our disappointments and joys one assurance is constant:  God has blessed us above all, and holds us the most cherished!


“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Amen.