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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"A New Year"

December 31, 2009

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For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

The clock is ticking. You only have a few short hours to make your New Year's resolutions.

If you're drawing a blank as to what you should be resolving, this Daily Devotion may be of some help. On the next lines, according to those who say they know, are 2010's ten top resolutions:

1. Stop smoking.
2. Get fit.
3. Lose weight.
4. Enjoy life more.
5. Quit drinking.
6. Get organized.
7. Learn something new.
8. Get out of debt.
9. Spend more time with family.
10. Help others.

Now, if you don't smoke, you've already made resolution #1 and are off to a good start on the list. Keep it up!

As for me, if God wills, I'm going to keep writing the Daily Devotions. To that end, I'm resolving not to do a devotion on Tiger Wood's infidelities. Further, I shall abstain from any and all writing that could touch upon the antics of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, and Britney Spears. Finally, I shall not speak about anything that has to do with Michael Jackson, or Brad and Angelina.

And lest you think that is an easy decision on my part, you should know these people account for about half the news stories appearing on television.

There is one other thing these devotions are resolving to do. We will, on a daily basis, point to Jesus Christ as the world's Savior.

No matter what the days may hold, whether the news is good or bad, we will still do our best to show the Savior and how He continues to touch our moments and minutes, our days and our decades.

In spite of governments and individuals doing their best to push the risen Lord back into His tomb, we will proclaim He lives and is with His saved people.

So, without being blessed with the gift of prophecy and not knowing what the coming year will bring, I shall endeavor to remind you, and myself, that the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness extends to all generations.

To that end, I wish a most blessed New Year to you and those who are around you. May the Christ always be by your side.

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, be with us in the New Year. May the Holy Spirit bring us into a closer relationship with our living Savior. Grant me the wisdom and grace in this New Year to witness where I can, to whom I can, whenever I can. This I pray in the Name of the Savior who gave His life so I might be forgiven and saved. In Jesus' most holy Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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