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Happy New Year 2021 to all readers of this blog. I am happy and thankful to see this day, the first Sunday in 2021, and to be able to continue sharing my reflections on the Bible with you. We all have sad stories of loss (family, friends, jobs, wealth, opportunities) from 2020 due to COVID-19, stories we will tell for years and generations to come, yet here we are still standing in 2021!
Pandemics like COVID-19 make us think about death all the time, and this makes us uncomfortable and restless, as it reminds us of the fragility of our lives. Apostle Peter comments on this fragility of life in 1 Peter 1:24 (New Living Translation [NLT]): “As the Scriptures say, ‘People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.”
Solomon teaches this lesson powerfully when he states in Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (NLT)(shortened): “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator… Remember him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes… before your legs – the guards of your house – start to tremble… before the door to life’s opportunities is closed… before you become fearful of falling… and the caperberry no longer inspires sexual desire… Yes, remember your Creator… before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken… For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
Life on planet earth has always been fragile; in happy times, it is easy to forget this; COVID-19 rings a loud ugly sounding alarm about this fragility; and you know how annoying alarms can be when they refuse to stop ringing. In 2021, may the unpleasant vicissitude of COVID-19 cause us to remember our creator, and give Him first place, “before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken”.
Happy New Year 2021, to family and friends all over the world!