Goodbye 2013

There are some things you expect in grief and some things that pop up leaving you feel completely unprepared. The last two days have definitely found me in the unprepared camp.

2013 is almost gone. A few more hours and it’s a New Year. Out with the old and in with the new. But, what happens when you find yourself trying to do anything you can to keep the new from coming? What happens when the new holds a year in which your son is still dead? Or the new still has the cancer in it? Or still struggling to pay the bills? Or another year to figure out how on earth you’re going to survive?

New doesn’t always seem enticing. What happens when you find yourself trying to make a year {the object of time} something tangible enough to hold? You try to grab a hold of it any way possible only to realize it’s something that can’t be held at all.

But, the old had the time in it when your son was still alive. The old had a time in it when there was still a paycheck. The old had the time in it before the test revealed the unimaginable. The old had the time in it when all was peaceful with those around you. But, here, on the brink of the new, you don’t want to usher out all of the old.

Then the flicker of hope burns again and Jesus does it.

{He comes to make it all brand new}

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”” -Revelation 21:5a

The dead son, the no job, the cancer, the hurt, the turmoil… He redeems it. It doesn’t get thrown aside never to be used again. That would be the easy way out. And, let’s face it, easy seems enticing but it’s never as worth it as the hard.

Jesus did the hard.

Grief. Man of sorrows. Beaten. Scorned. Crown of thorns. Cross. Risen again.

To redeem even 2013. To usher in more hope and grace in 2014. To sustain and fill in the gaps of the old and the new. There’s nothing we {or you} have walked this year that Jesus didn’t see and walk with us.

He’s preparing the way for 2014 like He did for 2013. He’s got even this

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:19

So, goodbye 2013. You held the earthly life of my firstborn son. You held the beauty and pain of grieving one of my own. I don’t want to let you go because letting go of you feels like saying goodbye to my son again. But, I’m going to do one better. I’m going to hand 2013 over to One that can make it new and use it in 2014 and beyond.

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