The Book of Revelation consoled the early Church:
“Then I saw new heavens and a new earth. The former heavens and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer. I also saw a new Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down out of heaven from God, beautiful as a bride prepared to meet her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne cry out: “This is God’s dwelling among men. He shall dwell with them and they shall be his people and he shall be their God who is always with them. He shall wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain, for the former world has passed away.” (Rev 21)
At the close of the year we who believe look forward rather than backward. Not only every year, but, indeed, every day is a new start on life. The joy of living is one of the most important dividends of being a believer. Our joy is founded not in what we have done but rather in what God has promised.
Thank you, Lord, for all of the graces you have given to me during the past year. Thank you for drawing me back to you again and again so that I can go forward with hope and joy.