Originally scheduled for December 29
Are you looking for a different sort of
experience for this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities?
You might try camping out at Jalama Beach (pronounced
“ha-LA-ma” – it’s an old Chumash Indian word.) It’s located near
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California – just go to the middle of
rural nowhere, and it’s fourteen miles further in.
The sounds are a little bit different.
There’s a train that rumbles through about nine o’clock;
usually, some of the younger kids will perform imitation wolf
howls about then, too.
Mostly, however, you will hear the sound of the surf.
It’s a quiet time at a quiet place – perfect for
It being New Year’s Eve, you might ask what you
should be contemplating.
Let me make some suggestions which have been fruitful in the past:
Contemplate your trials and troubles.
You may find that some are the kind you should “count all
joy” as they confirm the fact that your faith is troublesome to
others. Other types may
be preparing you for what is to come.
Contemplate your sins.
We make New Year’s resolutions for a reason.
Contemplate your blessings.
It’s a good time to look back and see just how good God has
been to you. Then
remember that his mercies are new every morning.
Most of you won’t be at the beach this New
Year’s Eve. But you
should take a little “beach time” as you take communion; the
Scriptures tell us that we should examine ourselves at this time.
Examine your trials and troubles; is
there something you need to turn over to God’s care?
Examine your sins; is there something
you need to confess?
Examine your blessings, especially
the sacrifice that makes salvation possible.
Then, as you partake, give thanks that Christ
gave his life as ransom for you.
The New Year is a time to look forward – and for the
Christian, to look forward with hope.