Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, January, 2018

posted Jan 5, 2018, 2:09 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 2:19 PM ]

Some Random Thoughts for a New Year

 In looking at their singalong handout sheet for the Christmas Season of 2017 at Longwood Gardens I discovered that the 1st song listed there was “Deck the Halls.” Not that this would ever find its way anywhere near the top of my favorite songs of the holiday season, but among the various stanzas I noticed a reference to the coming New Year. The last verse of “Deck the Halls,” as you may recall, goes as follows:                                

Fast away the old year passes. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Hail the New Year, lads and lasses. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Sing we joyous, all together. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Heedless of the wind and weather. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la


I think there is almost unanimous agreement with the sentiment regarding the swiftness of the passing of the old year of 2017. What I am more interested in is how another new year will be hailed and what it means to be “Singing joyously, all together. Heedless of the wind and weather.” In that vein of thinking let me suggest our giving consideration to the words of the Gaithers' song “Something Beautiful,” as well as the quotation, “A Hundred Years from Now.”

“SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, something good” with lyrics by Bill & Gloria Gaither

All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful of my life. If there ever were dreams so lofty and noble, they were my dreams at the start. And the hopes for life's best were the hopes that I harbored down deep in my heart. But my dreams turned to ashes and my castles all crumbled, my fortune turned to loss. So I wrapped it all in the rags of my life and laid it at the cross.

CHORUS: Something beautiful, something good All my confusion He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife But he made something beautiful of my life He made something beautiful of my life...of my life."

 And from the book: “A hundred years from now” by Walden Parker…

"It will not make much difference, friend, A hundred years from now
If you live in a stately mansion or on a river scow;
If the clothes you wear are tailor-made or pierced together somehow,
If you eat big steaks or beans and cake … A hundred years from now.
It won’t matter your bank account or the make of car you drive,
For the grave will claim all riches and fame and the things for which you strive.
There’s a deadline that we all must meet and no one will be late.
It won’t matter then all the places you’ve been, Each one will keep that date.
We will only have in eternity – what we gave away on earth,
When we go the grave, we can only save the things of eternal worth.                    

What matters, friend, the earthly gain for which some men always bow?        

For your destiny will be sealed, you see … a hundred years from now."

Most sincere wishes and blessings for the best of everything, including “something beautiful” in your life throughout this coming year of 2018.


George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries