How hopefully the year 2020 started. Even the number boded well – 2020, the year when everything would come into focus.
Then three huge defocus events – a viral pandemic, civil unrest, a contentious election. We found ourselves saying, “When will things get back to normal?”
With the turning of a page in the calendar, we have the gift of a new year. And with it, we have the hope that this will be a better year. (We’re tempted to think, “It couldn’t get any worse.” Yet we know better.) The vaccine and Congressional help have given hope to a hope-starved nation. Yet even those steps don’t guarantee that 2021 will be “better.” And for each of us, life’s ups and downs are unpredictable.
It brings clarity to Jesus’ words – “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).
Whatever 2021 brings, Jesus alone is the true source of peace.