Date: Wednesday, January 1 – Happy New Year!
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-13
Verse: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. (Exodus 12:2)
Other than the exhaustion you may be feeling from staying up way too late last night, today is not really a whole lot different than yesterday. There was a year though when we thought New Year’s Day might make things vastly different. For the several months leading up to New Year’s Day 2000, we heard about the possibility of mass confusion and possible destruction when the year turned from 1999 to 2000. Because computers only used 2 digits for the year rather than four, we wondered if the calendar rolling over to 00, would crash the computer systems of banks, airlines, and other critical services, causing major problems. Programmers worked on the Y2K issue for months and when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day, nothing happened. It was just another day.
Today’s reading is a detailed description of Passover, but note how in verse 2, God tells Moses and Aaron this is to be their New Year’s Day. So it can be with us. For the Israelites the New Year was not simply the turning of a page on the calendar. It was a celebration of freedom with God. As we celebrate the dawn of 2014 today, let us also celebrate the freedom we have received in God, through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Prayer: Thank you God for a new year, and a new day to live for you. Amen.
Action: As you celebrate New Year’s Day, remember the newness you have received in God.
Respond: In some ways nothing changes on New Year’s Day (yes, that’s a U2 lyric), but what do you expect/hope to be different in 2014? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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