This Old House . . . and Into the New

Thursday, December 21, 2017
by Dorothy McGee

A decision was made this year to tear down the house my mother moved into when she was 5 years old. It was a relatively easy decision because the house was suffering from old age in many ways. Since my mother was happy to see it happen, the rest of us tried to be brave and not mourn too much. It was mostly the grandchildren who were sad to see it go. We remembered many happy days in that house: grandchildren visiting, happy Christmases, summer vacations with whichever generation of relatives could get away from school, and other happy occasions too numerous to mention. There were also a few sad Christmases when illness visited the house and a few Thanksgiving times when there was a death in the family.

We celebrated this Thanksgiving in my mother’s new home and were happy to see how well she has adjusted. She has already entertained the newest great-grandchild, as well as some of her favorite nieces, nephews, grandchildren, friends, and dogs. A new normal has begun!

It’s the same “old to new” this time of year. We celebrate Christ’s birth at the end of the year, just before a new year begins. Because of His coming and dying for our sins, we can leave our old self behind and walk in a new life!


“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” ~ Isaiah 42:9


TODAY: Pray for someone you know who is dealing with a health issue.