When Tucker McBride was young, the church across the street held Watch Night services on New Year's Eve. Songs of love in Christ and prayers for the New Year lilted all the way to the dark beams in the ceiling above.
Today, some churches still have New Year's Eve services filled with games and fellowship, songs and prayers. Other folks gather in homes with friends and family to bring in the new year with popcorn and brownies. Some people go to bed at 10 PM, fulling believing the new year will be there when they wake up in the morning.Times certainly have changed ... and yet, they haven't.
What is similar between the New Year's Eve celebration of 1946 and 2019? Most people want their loved ones around them, to mark a day of victory....victory over a year that may have been hard, or a year that had been successful and a fear it could not be replicated in the next.
The ameness is in the desire to surround oneself with love and acceptance, fellowship and joy. Enjoy your New Year's Eve with your family and friends, and perhaps another several thousand, depending on where you will be tonight. I look forward to Wednesday. Doesn't 2020 sound promising and full of hope?
Classroom and family discussion ideas to accompany Tucker McBride, and Tucker McBride's Many Lives, novels by Doris Gaines Rapp, Ph.D. Blog Copyright 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Doris Gaines Rapp.
Return to a time when a boy could be a boy; when life was more clear from the top branch of a tree; when a kid could trade anger and disappointment for action and adventure; when the whole neighborhood was his playground; and the sloppy kiss from a dog could make everything right.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Times Have Changed - And Yet...Not
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