Today’s song is one that I’ve always loved… and it’s more applicable to this time of year than any other! It’s called “New Year,” by Charlie Hall.
Here’s the song:
And here’s a cool video of Charlie sharing a little bit of the story behind it:
Several years ago I was the worship leader for an awesome community of Christ followers at Southwest Church in Springboro, Ohio. This song was one that I loved dearly and incorporated into our worship pretty regularly. I really like the imagery of a new year; I’m always struck in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day how for many (myself included) it really does feel like a fresh start. Anything’s possible. Change can happen.
One of the things I’ve been surprised by since “entering the ministry” several years ago now is how many of us disqualify ourselves from service of God because of our past or some other factor at work in our life that we feel dishonor us or make us “tarnished” to God. Into that challenge, I’m always reminded of Jeremiah’s words in Lamentations 3:21-23: “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this; the faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” (NLT).
Every day we wake up and are given a “new year” where we can shine the light of Christ into a dark world. God has a mission in our world, and he wants to use each one of us to bring that about! What an honor! Some of you reading this already feel like you’re there. Others of you feel like you’re miles away. I hope today is a wake-up call to each of us that God wants to use us to change lives! Let’s join him in that endeavor.