We face this every year. December winds down as not just a new month, but a new year looms. The prevailing mood on TV talk shows, in magazines and on radio is one of hope, of anticipation; a sense of ‘Surely next year will be better than this one.’
But it’s all a mystery – really.
We don’t know. We don’t know what 2015 will bring. We may fantasize, project, opine and even plan.
But we don’t know – not for sure.
There is One who does but in His wisdom He doesn’t tell us everything ahead of time. And it’s better that way for many reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity for us to grow in FAITH.
As I look around today’s tired world, it seems to me that more than a decline in morals, more than a deterioration of the family unit, more than the agony of brutal wars is the tragic and devastating devaluation of FAITH across societies. In the short few years of one generation, a creeping secularism has invaded a previously Judao-Christian society that was the America of my parents’ generation and my grandparents’.
When FAITH in God is weakened and even denigrated, moral values and ethical standards crumble. This is why well-meaning and well-funded social organizations staffed by hard working volunteers lament meager results.
As we step into 2015, my prayer for the two countries of which I am a citizen is this: as a society may we find our way back to the God of our Fathers, may we hear His voice more clearly and follow His ways more nearly. May our faith grow as we feed our spiritual hunger with the truth of His Torah, His Words of Life.
Much of what will happen in the world during the coming year may be beyond our individual control. The mystery of 2015 is not what will become the “big news” of televised broadcasts. The real mystery of 2015 is what will happen within us during the coming year? That IS very much in our control. It’s our choice – to seek God or not.
At this time next year, may all of us be closer to the ultimate destiny of all mankind: to be a clear reflection of the goodness and greatness of God for that in fact is the purpose for which He created us: to be an expression of His likeness to those around us.
I wish you every blessing for the new year,