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Thanksgiving on New Year’s Eve

So 2016 draws to a close at last. For some of my friends, it is already over. As I spend the final hours of this year, I want to give thanks.

This year has not been an Instagram moment. There is a time for everything, including difficult and painful things. Even so, I am grateful for 2016.

Tomorrow is a new year. But it’s also a new day, and we have the promise that “his mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23).

You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.” I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.

― Wendell Berry, Hannah Coulter

Posted on 31 Dec 2016.

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