New Year is deja vu all over again

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New Year’s Day was filled with lots of ex­cite­ment, plenty of grand­chil­dren run­ning around and enough food on the ta­ble to elim­i­nate world hunger. Ac­tu­ally, it did elim­i­nate my rav­ish­ing hunger, at least for the day.

Both the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age and Yours Truly si­mul­ta­ne­ously signed a deep sigh. My wife sat in her chair think­ing and I, reclining in my chair mus­ing. Be­lieve me, we both had a lot to think about and muse over.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween think­ing and mus­ing is quite pro­found. Think­ing re­quires a lot of hard work while mus­ing is closely re­lated to amus­ing, although I am not quite sure about the con­nec­tion. All I know is it takes less en­ergy to muse than it does to think and I’m all for sav­ing en­ergy.

I had just got­ten into a rather de­light­ful muse when my wife made a very startling an­nounce­ment.

“Well,” she said most thought­fully, “I guess this is the start of a brand-new year.”

I was too deep into my muse to do more than grunt af­fir­ma­tively.

Then I be­gan to think, which sapped me of a lot of en­ergy at the time. Although my wife was not wrong in her ob­ser­va­tion (she is nev- er wrong about any­thing), she was not ex­actly right. How­ever, be­ing the man of the house, not to men­tion not hav­ing enough en­ergy to put up a good front, I did not call her on it. But I thought on it some more.

Ev­ery­body says this is a new year that has never been lived be­fore. And I would like to chal­lenge that kind of think­ing. I have an eerie feel­ing that I have been here be­fore.

I am not sure if my muse got mixed up with my think­ing but at the end of the ex­er­cise, I came to sev­eral startling con­clu­sions. The big­gest con­clu­sion is there is noth­ing new about the New Year.

Do not take my word for it, do some think­ing on your own. Okay, it’s a lit­tle too early in the year to do heavy think­ing so maybe some light mus­ing might be more in or­der.

If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, and I must check last year’s cal­en­dar, but wasn’t it Jan­uary last year at this time? In fact, I think for the past cou­ple thou­sand years there has al­ways been a Jan­uary. Noth­ing new about Jan­uary. In my life­time, I have seen 65 Jan­uar ys. At the time, ever ybody said it was new. What I want to know is, when does the new­ness wear off? When is some­body go­ing to stand up and hon­estly say, “Wel­come to another old year.”

Ev­ery time I have a birth­day, peo­ple tell me I am a year older, but when another Jan­uary comes around peo­ple try to tell me it is new. I think this year I am go­ing to in­sist on my birth­day that peo­ple tell me I am get­ting newer and not older.

Then, just as my muse was catch­ing a se­cond wind, I thought of some other in­con­sis­ten­cies about this so­called New Year hoax.

If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, last Jan­uary there were seven days in a week: Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day, and Sun­day. What I find rather strange is this new Jan­uary has the same old days of the week. This is rather cu­ri­ous to me. Some­body is try­ing to sell me some old horse medicine for tea.

Now, if the year 2017 is sup­posed to be a new year why does it carry over the same old lug­gage of the old year? I think I smell a con­spir­acy here.

For ex­am­ple, if you went to buy a brand-new 2017 car, you opened the door, the hood and the trunk and ev­ery­thing was from a 2016 car, wouldn’t you feel a lit­tle bit cheated? I know I would.

Not only does this so­called new Jan­uary have the same days of the week, and you are not go­ing to be­lieve this one, it also car­ries the same num­bers of the days. And, these num­bers are still in the same or­der as it did in Jan­uary 2016.

I be­lieve there should be a Con­gres­sional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this rather se­ri­ous hoax be­ing played on the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Af­ter all, if some­one prom­ises some­thing to be new, and brand-new at that, it should be down­right new.

I think I go along with Solomon, the wis­est man in the world, who said, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing un­der the sun” (Ec­cle­si­astes 1:9 KJV).

This so-called “New Year,” is sim­ply the “Old Year” repack­aged for the un­sus­pect­ing. For some peo­ple it will take six months into the “New Year” be­fore they re­al­ize this awe­some truth.

Peo­ple make New Year’s res­o­lu­tions, which are sim­ply the old res­o­lu­tions from the year be­fore. Some of them go back decades. Noth­ing re­ally changes. By the time Fe­bru­ary, which is the same Fe­bru­ary as last year, rolls around those new res­o­lu­tions are tainted with some se­ri­ous ag­ing.

But there is a greater than Solomon that I ap­pealed to. He said, “And he that sat upon the throne said, Be­hold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faith­ful” (Rev­e­la­tion 21:5 KJV).

I will leave the cre­ation of “new,” to the one who knows how to make all things new.

The Rev. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­ The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­

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