It’s the new year.
I can still remember a time not so long ago, when our apartment block was filled with the noise, sparks, and smoke that fireworks bring. There were more people occupying the units back then. If I recall correctly, one of our neighbors would go and light a firecracker on every corner. It was for luck, I think. Some sort of holiday tradition. I just thought they were being noisy.
A few years ago, I was also among those who celebrated the new year with lights and sparks. Mine was harmless though, compared to theirs. I just lit up those rockets that shoot a fountain of sparks probably up to 2 or 3 meters high. I wasn’t the one that bought those rockets. They were gifts, and it’s a shame to let a gift go to waste. They were beautiful to look at; it was as if each spark was a symbol of hope.
With every ending, there is a new beginning. 2009 has come and gone, and with it we look back to the strangers that we’ve met, the friends that we made, and the people who’ve added meaning to our lives. May this year bring each and everyone happiness and peace. Yes, there will be bleak days ahead. But keep in mind that we are never alone in our journey. God is with us every step of the way. That, I believe, is a happy thought as we walk towards the new year. And just like the fireworks that light up the night sky with festive holiday cheer, may we serve as a light to everyone we meet, bringing joy and hope for a better tomorrow.
Lead me Lord.
Lead me by the hand, and make me face the rising sun.