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Preparing for Chinese New Year

Last night, January 22nd, was New Year’s Eve … in China and for the Chinese around the world. Good-bye year of the rabbit and Hello to the year of the dragon. Homes were cleaned, fireworks and firecrackers were purchased and jiaozi (dumplings) prepared in anticipation of the midnight fun. And as one who tried to sleep through it knowing that I have a long day of travel before me, trust me when I report that most everyone in Beijing was whooping it up at midnight!

There are twelve animals in the zodiac calendar and the dragon follows the rabbit year. So to all who will be born this year and to the 12-, 24-, 36-, 48-, 60-, 72-, and 84-year-olds out there, it’s your year!

Happy New Year! and a holiday blessing in the Name of the One who can make all things new.

May this new year be one in which you have:   

                New hope in the midst of mess

                New love to replace old hurts

                New peace to face old battles

                New joy at the small things

                New appreciation for all you DO have

                New awareness of the One who made you, loves you, sustains you, and goes with you

Now maybe the traffic in Beijing will get back to its normal congestion, instead of holiday horrendous. A girl can have high hopes for the new year ….