The Gate’s Open

January 1, 2015. Cold January’s here with a teeth-chattering wind blowing us through the gate to an entire untouched year.  You and I are the first to step through and see what events transpire. Will they equal or surpass these events of the past? I tried to find positive, uplifting happenings.

paulrevereIn 1735 – Paul Revere, American military officer, was born.

In 1772 – The first traveler’s checks go on sale in London, England.

JohnNewtonIn 1773 – the hymn that became known as “Amazing Grace,” then titled “1 Chronicles 17:16–17,” is first used to accompany a sermon led by John Newton.

In 1776 –  during the American Revolutionary War, Norfolk, VA was burned.

In 1847 the world’s first “Mercy” Hospital was founded in Pittsburg by the Sisters of Mercy. The name went on to grace over 30 major hospitals throughout the world.

In 1808 – the importation of slaves to the United States is banned.

Building a float

Building a float

In 1890 – The Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA was first held.

ellisislandIn 1892 – Ellis Island opened to process immigrants into the United States.

In 1902 – the first American college football bowl between Michigan and Stanford, was held in Pasadena, California.

In 1932 – Alcatraz Island became a United States federal prison.

We’ve emerged from a year-long tunnel. Sometimes skylights let in sun and fun—other times may have been dark and claustrophobic.  When we reached December’s last day, can you imagine hitting a solid wall?  But look—there’s a gate—and it’s open to a new world—to a new start—perhaps to a new destination.  We’re stepping out in faith, holding hands with our heavenly Father.

Happy, Happy Year!