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Songs That Moved Me: New Year’s Day

I will be with you again

“New Year’s Day” by U2

I still remember the moment I heard it.  I was in the hallway on my way to the kitchen back in my teens.  Turning on the radio, expecting to hear the Duran-Duran sort of pop stuff or the newly emerging (or should I say expanding) sound of hip-hop when something very different hit my ears as I was tuning into various stations.  Piano?  Who the heck plays that in a song?  And an off-tone, flat piano at that.  The riff was haunting.  Not quite like Black Sabbath’s “devil’s third.”  But it rang with a melancholy that sincerely begged me to listen.  So, I did.

The voice of the singer gave words of hope and bemoaning.  Things should change.  I want them to do so badly.  But, “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.”  Lyrically, he took my hand through a rapturous possibility of the anticipated newness.  An ecstatic union girded with a pledge, “I will begin again.”  The obligatory “bridge” was established with that same haunting tone of the piano now laced with the muted wail of a guitar echoing in tear like unison.  Another guitar overlays yet intertwines with its predecessor with an apex that brought me back to the vocalist yearning for the possibility to come true.  Alas, conditions won’t allow for the desire to be met.  “Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.”

And the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis

“Where Do We Go From Here?”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day

When Nothing Changes On New Year’s Day

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”  Revelation 4:8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LR1mweAxsI  I absolutely love this song and the album.

Too often we tend to expect change on January 1st.  For the most part, we do strive to approach the new year with a greater sense of optimism and purpose.  But, as we struggle with internal and external demons and don’t see better days, we tend to fall by the wayside within the first few months (if not weeks).  Constant world conflicts, political bickering in our individual nations, and the woes of banks and corporations also aid to squelch our hopes for positive changes.

The Eve Of Something Greater

Yet, on the island of Patmos, John saw a vision of celestial creatures describing the overall greatness of the Lord God.  He “was and is and is to come.”  Something that “was” is past.  Even if it were to be altered, time has a permanent record of that thing’s former state of existence.  John’s Gospel teaches us of the God and Word that “was” before anything else.  Something that “is” still exist.  We tend to rely on things that we can hold on to in times of despair and distress.  The disciples were greatly confused and saddened as Jesus spoke to them before the crucifixion.  But, he assured them that “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  The Lord that “was” and “is” provides a foundation for consistent optimism that is not dictated by a calendar.  Faith is what drives us to see new mercies morning by morning.  And there is no greater mercy than the promise that he “is to come.”  This world shall come to and end.   The lamb that was slain with lead the great multitude who belive in him to a reward of eternal life.

I bid you Happy New Year and pray that you will succeed in your resolutions.  When you find that nothing changes on New Year’s Day, have faith in  the Lord God who doesn’t change as well.

Your Brother In Christ,

Cyprian Bluemood

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