“Auld Lang Syne” was played in Times Square immediately following the dropping of the ball at midnight 12/31/18. This beloved Scottish song is played around the world at every New Year’s.
“For auld lang syne”, as it is sung in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as “for the sake of old times.” It’s a song about endings and new beginnings. The song begins by posing a rhetorical question: Is it right that old times be forgotten? The answer is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships. Hopefully you have reached out to some family and friends over Christmas break. Isn’t it enriching to connect with others who knew you back when? We should not forget old times.
I think the song also acknowledges the inevitability of change, of new experiences and new people in our lives. Note briefly how much happened in your own life, just in 2018. Let’s start 2019 with an attitude of openness to what God will do in 2019.
Eternal God, You have placed us in a world of space and time, and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love. Grant that in the new year we may know your presence, see your love at work, and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever—the coming of your Son, Jesus our Lord. Amen
Wishing You a Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year
from Pastor Strasser