Today I headed out to meet a friend for lunch and since I fell asleep before the ball drop last night and didn’t get to hear “that” song, I found it in my playlist, it was the Mannheim Steamroller version of Auld Lang Syne, and it started to play.
Do you remember the first time you ever sang that old tune, and wondered what the heck it meant? I remember that my parents had a record of Guy Lombardo and his orchestra playing it, along with their Les Paul and Mary Ford recordings! As with some of the old hymns, that I have afore mentioned, you listen and hear what you think is being said, so just in case you wondered, I am here to fill in the blanks. “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and days of auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my dear for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”
Auld Lang Syne means “For the sake of old times” or “And days of“.
I spent some time talking to a dear friend this week and thought about “days gone by” for us, and a whole group of our friends. Things can never be as they were, but no one can take our memories away from us, which is a gift, for sure, but at times that very gift can bring us side effects of depression, and tug at our heart until we just want to roll into a ball and hide. So we take out our memories and look at them as if they were pictures in a photo album, and then put them away. We have to look forward into our future in order to have success. You will drive your car right off the road if you never take your eyes off the rear view mirror while driving.
Two scriptures come to mind, Isaiah 43:16-18 This is what God says, the God who builds a road right through the ocean, who carves a path through pounding waves, The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles: “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. I know He has a plan for me,
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
While the strains of Auld Lang Syne are still ringing in your ears, think of the old times, with fondness, regret, or with gladness that they are gone, but look at them one last time and tell yourself that your past is gone and you are headed for a future and a hope in Jesus!