Lamentations 3:21-26
21.  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22.  It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24.  The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25.  The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

  Once i heard a story that i think is appropriate for a day that is celebrated as the begining of a new year, i don't know who the author is and if you have heard it before, i'm doing it from memory and am sure to change it a little but the point of it is the main thing.
 There was an old man taking a walk on the beach and as far as he could see there were starfish on the sand. Now you might not know this but the starfish cannot survive long out of the water and the man thought it was such a shame that so many would die. A little further along, he came across a boy who was picking the starfish up and throwing them back in the ocean. "What are you doing?" the man asked. The boy stopped for a second, looked up at the man and replied "These starfish are dying" then he bent back down, picked up another starfish and flung it as far as he could into the sea "and i'm trying to save them" he said. "But there are so many" the man said "you will never save them all. Do you really think you can make a difference?" The boy looked up with tears in his eyes, bent over, picked up a starfish and threw it into the ocean. Then he turned towards the man and said "it made a difference to that one".
Lets make a difference this year.
God Bless,
gary

1/1/02
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