I just finished reading my Bible and I am surprised that the Beatles song,  “Hello, Goodbye” came to mind. Maybe it came because this is the last day of 2013, a time of exit and entrance. It is goodbye and hello.

I am leaving 2013 with many conflicting feelings. I have experienced two or three big good things, but they are tempered by the deaths of many things. I have seen the death of dreams, relationships and people. It has been a tough year!

As I say goodbye, and partially, good riddance, God is reminding me that even in death there are many things to be thankful for.  Sometimes a hello could be hidden in a goodbye. Some of these “hellos” will grow into wonderful things.

After finishing the passages at the end of Malachi, Psalms, Proverbs and the Revelation, I read the One Year Bible format, God encouraged me to list things I am thankful for. In a few moments I had a list of 19 blessings that were people, places, things, events, situations, ideas, that He is the source of. If I had spent more time, there would have been more things.

This small exercise is helping me have a desire to begin 2014 with a heart of hope and with less of a focus of loss. Instead of starting this year with your list of resolutions, maybe a list f things to be thankful for will give you a greater vantage point to set future goals. It will be for me.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus, be with you in 2014 and beyond.

KellyCrucifix at dusk Greece Pa