"And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."
This reminds me of E.E. Cummings... "I thank You God for most this amazing day..." I think sometimes we get homesick for our Father in Heaven... for the comfort and peace that we don't always have on this earth. Facing a new year, a new day even is sometimes scary... sometimes hard. But we will see him again. We will have everything we miss, even when we don't know exactly what it is sometimes. And each new day, week, month, year, decade, century, and millennium... only brings it closer to happening. The restoration of us to our pre-earth memories... The reuniting of us with our Father and God... The beginning of our Eternities. Happiness, Peace... Love beyond imagining. Those are the things that we are working for... living for. And our joy no man taketh from us. :) On this first of many days, in one of the greatest, most exciting chapters of our individual stories... let's have hope. Let's have faith enough to keep turning the pages. It's a great story, I promise you. Excitement, adventure... tragedy yes, but a greater victory. Everything that a story should be, and better... because we are living it, and making it real. Hang in for the happy ending. And, Happy New Year... emphasis on the happy. :)