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Pork and Sauerkraut – of course!


I come from a long line of Germans even though my married name is MacAvoy!  My maiden name was Hummel, and I love the list of names among my ancestors: Roller, Zeiflie, Kilgus, Fisher…  So, there is never a question as to what we will eat for lunch today: pork and sauerkraut.  Why, you may ask if you descended from elsewhere!   Well, here’s the reasoning behind this rather unusual tradition:

You eat pork because pigs root forward; hence, you will have a prosperous New Year!  The first time I was away from home for the beginning of a year, I was with my future in-laws; we ate chicken!  Chickens scratch backwards – bad!  You don’t want to go backwards, do you?!!

Silly, isn’t it?  Sad to say, at some point in our superstitious backgrounds, someone believed all that!

Why do we do the things that we do?  Is there a reason for our actions?

It’s a New Year.  There’s something wonderful about a new start.  The slate is clean, fresh, with no mistakes or unreached goals!  We set our resolve to accomplish goals great and small, and as of today, we have not failed!  Perhaps that is why it’s a good thing to pause and check our motives for our expectations and actions: Am I determined to lose weight because my cloths don’t fit or because my arteries are getting clogged?  I’m going to be more faithful to attending church, because my kids need it or because I want to draw closer to God?  Is one reason more valid than the other?

As Tom and I ended last year, we talked about the future.  At our age, we possibly have ten, maybe fifteen more years of ministry.  As we look back over the past ten/fifteen years, it is amazing how quickly it passed by!  As the risk of sounding like an old person, I must say that the old saying is true: time continues to go faster and faster!

Ten to fifteen years: what can we accomplish?  What does God have planned? Will we be successful in His eyes?  What needs to change?  What do I need to “put on and put off” (Eph. 4:22-24) in order to be a better vessel for my Master’s use?

I challenge you to take stock of your walk with God.  What could you do to make your more like the Master?  What do you need to work on to become Christ-like?  It’s a wonderful time to ask yourself why you are who you are, and who it is that your gracious heavenly Father is directing you to become?

Happy New Year!

Only to be what He wants me to be,

Every moment of every day,

Yielding completely to Jesus alone

Every step of this pilgrim way.

Just to be clay in the Potter’s hands,

Ready to do what His will demands;

Only to be what He wants me to be,

Every moment of every day.



A New Year

ID-100125807Happy New Year!  At times, I complain about the clock and look forward to an eternal heaven where time shall be no more; however, today I thank the Lord for a new beginning.  Oh, how we need them!

The following poem is from The Continual Burnt Offering, a 1941 daily devotional book by H. A. Ironside.  As I read it, I thought it put life into perspective for this New Year.

The Maker of the universe

As Man, for man was made a curse.

The claims of Law which He had made,

Unto the uttermost He paid.

His holy fingers made the bough

Which grew the thorns that crowned His brow.

The nails that pierced His hands were mined

In secret places He designed.

He made the forest whence there sprung

The tree on which His body hung.

He died upon a cross of wood,

Yet made the hill on which it stood.

The sky that darkened o’er His head

By Him above the earth was spread.

The sun that hid from Him its face

Be His decree was poised in space.

The spear which spilled His precious blood

Was tempered in the fires of God.

The grave in which His from was laid,

Was hewn in rocks His hands had made.

The throne on which He now appears

Was His from everlasting years,

But a new glory crowns His brow,

And every knee to Him shall bow.

— F. W. Pitt

 For those of you who are familiar with the movie White Christmas, think for a moment about one particular scene.  They are all sitting in the grist mill inn are the ladies sing.  Bing Crosby makes as statement about his former general who now owns the inn: “We ate, then he ate; we slept, then he slept.”  He was really bothered by the fact that this man whom he served under was now serving him.

What a wonderful picture of our God!  I serve Him because of His great example as Servant!  I die to selfish ambitions because He died for me!  May this year find you joyfully serving the Great God of the Universe Who came and died that we might live!