At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.
The stroke of Midnight between December 31st and January 1st will transition your day, year, and decade to another day, year, and decade. We will only experience such a unique stroke of Midnight as many times as the number of decades that our life spans.
Ask, Seek, Knock
Christ told a story about how a friend came to a friend at midnight and said “lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine has come to me on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him.” He also added that the friend was at first hesitant to give the bread but did so because of his friend’s persistence regarding the bread (Luke 11. 5-8).
Without hesitation, Christ the Bread of Life (John 6.48) continued the story by adding,
“ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives;
he who seeks finds; and
to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
What better words to hear, reflect, and respond to while transitioning into a new day, year, and decade.
What Say You?
After the coming unique stroke of midnight that will mark the new day, what will you ask?
During the coming new year, what will you seek?
During the coming new decade, what doors will you want open.
Giving and Receiving
The Bread of Life also reminds us that we should be ready to give and not just receive by telling us to
“Give to the one who asks you,
and do not turn away from the one
who wants to borrow from you”
“In everything, then, do to others
as you would have them do to you”
For Christ also tells us to
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and
running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of our ancestors, who has put it into (our) heart to bring honor to the house of the Lord (Ezra 7.27)” during the coming years.