The Gift of a New Day

The candidate I voted for didn’t win the election. I wonder what is going to happen in this country over the next 4 years. 
One side of my family does not speak to the other side because of something that happened a few years ago. It makes holidays difficult — trying to plan on how to visit everyone. Why can’t everyone just ‘forgive and forget’ and move past this divide? 
My money does not go as far as I need want it to. I’m getting closer to retirement, and I’m not sure there will be enough to pay all my expenses when I’m no longer working. Why didn’t we save more through the years?
My children don’t attend church. I raised them in this church and hoped they would find their own faith as adults. They don’t think there is much relevance in organized religion. Did I fail them? Did the church?
What brings me joy? 
The sun comes up every morning with the promise of a new day.
Too often, I let the problems and worries of the world take over. I have to remind myself that worrying does not solve anything or add a day to my life (Matthew 6:25-34). No matter what problems the day may bring, each new day can be filled with the peace and grace that God showers on each of us. With Advent and Christmas, we remember the miracle of Emmanuel —God is with us always, as close as our heartbeat. 
My problems will always be there, and new ones will always be waiting in line to break my heart and bring me to my knees. But the joy of the sun coming up every morning fills my heart with hope. Every day, I want to give God my worries and fears.   
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27

Ann Culotta
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