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And so it Ends...

Ecclesiastes 7:8 reminds us that "the end of a thing is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride."  As we wrap up 2017, this verse sounds very different than the usual hype surrounding the New Year, which is why I'm thinking about it.  In fact, for over a week now I have been bombarded with sentimental quips about resolutions and new beginnings and I was reminded of an old Counting Crows song from the 90's (only some of you parents will remember this one) called A Long December, in which the lyricist writes "A long December and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last."  Those words, unlike the words of Ecclesiastes, echo much of the world's sentiment regarding the dawn of a new year and are filled with a familiar hope for something better.   Although there is nothing wrong with looking forward to the new year and even longing for a better time and place, as we are instructed to do in Scripture, the writer of Ecclesiastes is perhaps r ...