Reflections at year’s end

Fast away the old year passes…for many it hasn’t gone by fast enough and we’re hopeful it takes its hardships and upheavals with it. We better not hold our breath waiting for that to take place, but we can’t surrender to gloom and despair either. Instead we pray for the strength to endure.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses…at 12:01 we greet 2021, a brand new year, but we wonder with trepidation what it will bring. We must trust in God to provide and to always help us persevere, no matter what transpires.

On the cusp of a new year dawning, on this last day of 2020, I revisit this past year with all of its ups and downs. And I remind myself to be thankful, to express gratitude to my God, who holds this world and all within it in the palm of His strong, capable, and mighty hands.

Sing we joyous all together…for so many of my fellow human beings, it’s been difficult to find reasons to be joyful this past year. But we can find joy when we look for it. Often, photos say more than words, so please join me below in a slideshow as I revisit this old, tired year 2020 with joy and gratitude as it fades into my memory bank and I feel at peace. I encourage you to remember the instances that gave you joy this year.

Heedless of the wind and weather…we will get through this difficult time with God’s help regardless if the winds of change come and the ‘weather’ turns foul.

May 2021 bring us all reasons to rejoice, no matter what.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

©mamasemptynest.wordpress.com 2020

9 responses

  1. Indeed we need to be grateful that we have managed to get here, the end of a terrible year for so many and the start, with hope of a better year ahead. I am just surprised that despite all the turmoil and trauma that we have still managed to make so great memories….. and willing to share them with others. Makes a big world much smaller. Happy New Year 🙂

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    • I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed all of your posts this year, especially when our plans to travel are so restricted. Each photo you share brightens my day, so thank you! May you and yours be blessed with a happy AND healthy new year.

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  2. So nice how you used the words of that old carol to close out this year and express hope for the coming on. Prayers for you and yours for health and safety (and of course, happiness!) in 2021. And maybe, just maybe, this will be the year for your personal horse tour in the OBX!

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    • Glad you enjoyed my post. Thank you for the prayers — we need them as daughter’s hospital is full of covid patients and the overflow is now on her floor. She’s taking care of positive virus patients as I write this. On a happier note, oh yes, I do so hope this year we can do the horse tour!

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