At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2014 throughout the English speaking world, people raised their voices and sang, Auld Lang Syne.
The title of the song may be translated to say “long, long ago”, “days gone by” or “old times.” As a result, “for auld lang syne,” might be read as “for the sake of old times.”
The line in the song I find particularly thought provoking is “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne.” I suggest that means whatever happened to us in the past, good or bad, let us be kind to the memories. That also suggests we forgive those who may have offended us in the past.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Peter asks Jesus how many times we should forgive someone who offended us, “As many as seven?” And Jesus answers, “I tell you, not up to seven times, but seventy times seven.”
These are the words of the Great Physician, a Mighty Counselor, who understood that forgiving someone’s offense against us relieves the emotional pain we experience when we are bitter and resentful.
What a wonderful way to make 2014 a truly Happy New Year___ by “drinking a cup of kindness.”