New Year’s Resolution

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 12/31/2011

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A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND, for New Year’s Day 2012

”And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,’ for he says, ‘the old is good.’” (Luke 5:39)

Old wine is good.
Old
Is known like the back of your hand.
Is as comfortable as a worn shoe.
Is as antique as great grandma’s rocking chair.
Is stale as moldy bread.

Old wine is good.
Old
Is moth-eaten as a worn out wool sweater.
Is as out-of-date as last year’s calendar.
Is as obsolete as last year’s computer.
Is gray as an old man’s beard.

Old wine is good.
Old
Is moss-grown as the old oak tree.
Is as time-worn as a yellow-paged book.
Is as worn and torn as an old pair of jeans.
Is as forgotten as yesterday’s news.

“Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wine-skins.” (Luke 5:36)

New
Is as unknown as the far-reaches of the universe.
Is as refreshing as lemonade on a hot day.
Is as innovated as the latest hybrid car.
Is as bright as a new copper penny.

New
Is as succulent as a Georgia peach.
Is spic and span as a clean window.
Is untried as a new recipe.
Is modern as an  i-pod.

New
Is futuristic as a time machine.
Is untrodden as a new fallen snow.
Is advanced as rocket scientist.
Is 21st century as the latest innovator.

New years call for fresh wine-skins.
It is time to: renew, renovate, revamp, revise, refresh, restore, resurrect a change!
Change is a call to challenge the old and risk the new.
As Christians, we are to be prophetic witnesses, consciously aware of the signs of our times.
How will we help to transform a broken world if we fail to risk change in our own lives?

Happy NEW Year

What are your thoughts about old and new as you begin 2012?
Is there a word, phrase, or verse from this poem which stands out for you? Please share it with us in the comments below.

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