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New Year's Wisdom

My original plan was to write about the wisdom of Solomon. But with 2011 starting in three days, that can wait. "New Year's Wisdom" it is. In the spirit of the Holy Days, permit me to dip into the Bible. First, Jesus explains in John 12:24 (NEB), ". . . A grain of wheat remains a solitary grain unless it falls into the ground and dies; but if it dies, it bears a rich harvest." Then in Revelation 21:5 (KJV) we read, "Behold I make all things new." The paradox of death as a doorway to renewal is everywhere. The cottonwood outside my window looks as dead as lead. Yet in five months it will block the view of my neighbor's house. "The King is dead. Long live the king!" Even the faux-death of sleep ends in a new day of life. With the Psalmist we may be moved to say, "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be grateful in it" (NIV, Ps. 118:24). Now in my 72nd year and chastened by the death of a long-time spouse and, more recently, of my new father-in-law, I ask, "What now?" What should I do with my remaining days? Gratitude is a good place to start. The Tree of Life has revisited me with a new wife, Cedar Barstow; a beautiful place to live; and work I enjoy. I am truly thankful. In this spirit, then, may we all find in 2011 the desire, courage, and will to renew ourselves and our world for the greater good of all. Happy New Year! RRF














6 Comments to New Year's Wisdom:

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Michael Saso on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:45 PM
thank you so much for these deep and inspiring words, Ruslan,
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Jan Rumi on Thursday, December 30, 2010 9:55 AM
Ruslan, I am enjoying your blogs. They are meaningful and inspiring. Happy New Year!
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Rohanna on Friday, December 31, 2010 2:09 PM
Timely and lovely reminders. Happy New Year to you and Cedar!
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Shoshanah on Friday, January 07, 2011 3:29 PM
You awe and amaze me with the continually evolving journey of your life. When others are settling back to take it easy, resting on the constructions of their past, you continue to create.......
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John Felix on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:06 AM
Important portion of bible you've mentioned!! I think this type of post helps kids improve their knowledge level about New Year wisdom. Thanks
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Nike Free Run on Monday, April 08, 2013 10:48 PM
I'm impatient for another precious so explanatory way of thinking for your .
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