Do You Remember How You Felt on New Year’s Eve?

February 3, 2015

By Sister Renee Y.

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“Earth Dance,” painting by Sister Joyce Ogden.

Remember about one month ago when we stood on the far western shore of the Year of Our Lord, 2014. Our memories were silhouetted against the deep magenta sky as they sailed beyond the shimmering horizon. We have lived, laughed, lost and loved in ways never to be repeated, yet never to be forgotten. The great turning of time goes relentlessly on, but we have written our story in its indelible trail.

With fireworks and reveling, popular culture invited us to the brash celebration of our presence within this point in history. But, at the altar of our hearts, we recognized this long evening of reminiscence as a time of quiet thanksgiving and petition, a time of awe and trust.

Like flint struck against the almighty soul of God, we have been given life. We are God’s fire at this moment in time’s long unwinding. On this night, New Year’s Eve, we turned our spirits to those beside us, behind us, before us and we prayed in thanksgiving and hope for them.

Together each day, we sink into the dark infinity of our Creator who sustains all life beyond our worries, fears and limitations. With innumerable universes, God balances us in the palm of Mercy. On New Year’s Eve, as on every day, as the midnight shadows fall, God closes the fingertips of grace and protection over us.

In the split moment between two years, we too became infinite– fire in God’s darkness, spark redeemed beyond time.

In 2015, let us not forget this transcendent moment. Do not allow the bright light of daily living blind us to that piece of divinity shining in our souls. Let us remember. May our spirits kneel within us to the Awesome Mystery who holds us, as one, eternally within Itself.

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  1. Sr. M. Amelie Hawxhurst, R. S. M.

    BOTH THE ARTICLE AND THE ART WERE BEAUTIFULLY DONE AND TOUCHED MY HEART AS

    WELL AS MY IMAGINATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT WITH US !!!


  2. Margretta(mary ann) Dwyer

    beautifully written…write more