“Happy New Year?” Yeah Right!

2015-09-10-19-46-39-1-copyIf you find it hard to believe that 2017 has any chance of holding happiness or hope for you, this post is for you.

At this time of year we can hear friends and family toasting the promise of the new year and basking in the reverberation of songs that speak of jolly seasons, joyful carols, and fa la la la la, la la la la.

Yet behind the smiles and toasts many are still reeling from the smashed expectations of the season’s celebrations.

  • One of our friends lost his beloved wife this Christmas eve.
  • In the last months of this year marriages have fallen apart.
  • Another friend was alienated from his family at Thanksgiving this year.
  • Life changed in a moment for some who received devastating news from the doctor.
  • Lives have been rocked by personal failure or financial ruin.

WOW Ken!  Thanks for the good cheer.

-Good cheer is only “good” if it is available to those who aren’t presently experiencing it.-

How can there be hope for the new year if one is trembling in the darkness of storms still raging in their lives as 2016 comes to a close?  I write this post because I have been there… more than once. I promise there is hope! I have seen the light! So have each of the friends facing the storms I mentioned above.  

Seriously, I have seen “THE Light.”  storm-cloud

Look at every storm picture in this post. These are wicked, destructive, powerful storms, yet in every photo there is light. Light that proves that the storm is temporary. Light… Clear evidence that the ‘SON’ is still shining.

Friends, I don’t have any psychological secrets to share, magic words to say or expensive pills to suggest. Those may be helpful, but all I know is this: In the darkest of my personal storms I was not destroyed, I saw the light.

It’s the same light that brightened a stable and burst forth from a tomb.

Sometimes I had to wait for it, but it never failed to appear.

So my 2017 prayer for you is that you will see it too. That you will look for it and believe in it. That you will follow that light and discover the one source of Joy that can pierce the darkest of storms.

From our family to yours. Happy New Year! Yeah Really!



  1. All I can say is what I truly believe in my heart. “If you always look to God nothing, and I mean nothing, is ever really bad.” these hiccups in life are just that Hiccups. With God the mountains are no more than curb cuts in the sidewalks that are on the path to our forever home.

  2. A very heartfelt truth, Ken. The holiday time is hardest for those who have very real struggles, grief or despair. We can give all the well-wishes that go along with Merry Christmas and Happy New Year but sometimes our neighbor, friend or family member needs a warm hug and a loving reminder that God does bring the sunshine into our lives again if we allow it.

  3. Amen bro!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article of hope and faith! It comes exactly in the right momento!! I bless your life and ministry in Jesus name!

  4. During the past two years when I faced breast cancer and then 4 surgeries on my knee… because the original replacement implant became infected and it took months for the doctors to determine that.. then when the spacer was inserted I was on a picc line and iv antibiotic for 7 weeks then a new knee replacement … which ALSO became infected but this time superficially.. and my DH diagnosed with cancerous tumours in his lung, brain, bone and most recently in his liver… when DH collapsed one summer evening.. from a bleeding ulcer …
    In all this I was able to keep on.. keeping on .. because I knew I was NOT ALONE ever…. even in the darkest nights battling demons at 3 am… I was and my whole family was safe in the hands of God..

  5. This is so wonderful to remember. My husband passed away Sept 16th. Then my sister passed away OCT. 27th. So I was the same, yeah, right! But I know they’re better off & I don’t really want them back for even one day because they’ll still be sick. I don’t want that. So I look for the Sonshine every day.

  6. Needed this reminder.. I tend to dwell on the fact that I’m still single through yet another holiday season, and stuck in the seemingly endless task of job-hunting, and..and…

    I know that I am blessed beyond belief (great family, supportive parents, I get to live at home for free, etc.) and when beyond temporal blessings, Christ is sufficient; it’s just been very tough lately to get that knowledge from my brain to my heart lately..

  7. Thank you for your encouragement Ken. I am going to try and see the Light in the clouds that come my way this year. God bless you and all your family. From Margaret Preston.

  8. Thank you Ken. I appreciate your honest acknowledgement that New Year is not ‘happy’ for everyone. I’ve been writing about that lately too, https://www.wleewarrenmd.com/rough-year/.

    When we lost our son in 2013, the holidays became something new for us- a time to realize we were passing into a new year and leaving our son frozen in the past.

    With time, of course, God softens these pains and redeems the suffering for His purposes. That’s what Psalm 40 teaches us.

    But it takes time and lots of prayer to get to that place where “Happy New Year” feels that way for folks who, as you said, are in the ‘darkest of (their) personal storms.’

    Thank you for writing this, and for shining a light for all of us.

    God bless you,

    W. Lee Warren, MD
    Casper, Wyoming

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