Happy New Year
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
-- John 1:1-5, New International Version, The Holy Bible
Happy 2017, lads.
Outside our house, the world carries on as it always has- yet it is clear to me this morning that the world as we know it has changed, and there is no going back now. The coming year is going to hold challenges and opportunities aplenty for all of us, and I cannot wait to get started.
And this year, more than any other before it, the ideas and values pushed by people like me need to be sharper, more relevant, and more applicable than ever before. They need to be refined so that their utility and practicability becomes indisputable, because they are literal truth.
We have a war to win, after all, and we're not going to do that with bad thinking and worse execution.
But that is also the counsel of despair, because without children to whom we can pass on our values and beliefs, without future generations to carry on in our name, everything we hold dear, everything we stand for, will die as surely as we will.
We have been given a sacred duty and an historic opportunity. We were reminded almost every day in 2016 that, although there is great evil in the world, there is also hope and joy and faith. God did not give us this chance because He wants to see us fail. He gave it to us because He believes in us.
The very least we can do is believe in Him in return. Believe that He has a plan for us, that He loves us, and that He will never abandon us to destruction, faithlessness, and despair.
The light still shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Be of good cheer in the days to come, though they be long and difficult. May God bless you and yours this year, and may God always, always bless the United States of America.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
-- The Battle Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe