Husband and wife were conversing a few days before the end of the year.
Husband says: “Did you make an New Year’s resolution for the year 2011, dear?”
Wife says: “Yes, I promise starting the first of January I’ll spend less money at the mall.”
Husband says: “That’s wonderful. Now, how would you like to spend New Year’s Eve?”
Wife answered: “I want to go to the mall and shop like crazy until midnight.”
I didn’t know there’s a thing called “Last supper shopping!”
Well, the year is about to end.
Allow me to greet you with a greeting I got a couple of years ago from an anonymous source.
Here’s how it goes.
Have a safe and happy new year!
May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs, and your stocks not fall;
and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastroenterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber, and the BIR.
May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere during rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there may you find a parking space.
May this evening, December 31, find you seated around the dinner table, together with your beloved family and cherished friends, ushering in the New Year ahead. You will find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.
May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, may your checkbook and your budget balance, and may they include generous amounts for your church and charities.
May you remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to your spouse, your child, and your parent(s). You can say it to your secretary, your nurse, your butcher, your photographer, your masseuse, your seamstress, your hairdresser or your tennis instructor, but not with a “twinkle” in your eye.
May we live as intended, in a world at peace with the awareness of the beauty in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.
Bless you with every happiness, great health peace, and much love during the next year and all those that follow.
The New Year carries new challenges but we need to live life one day at a time.
To be thankful to God for the grace and mercy He has showered upon our lives.
And so let me end this year’s message with the following greeting:
May you have:
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough joy to share with others,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough hope to keep you happy,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.
And may your love for Jesus Christ the Savior grow more in grace and knowledge everyday for the year to come.
A Blessed and a Christ filled New Year to one and all!