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    The year 2008 is done. Never to come back. The clock has ticked. The bells have rung. Time flies even before you can think of it! Just when you thought you had time,  a year is gone.  “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day” wrote William Shakespeare years ago. Maybe you struggled a lot in the past year. There was debt. There was accident. There was illness. There was disappointment. There was a lot that went wrong. Now here you are peeking into 2009. You are hoping against hope for something new this year. You see, hope is what kept many Jewish prisoners alive in the Nazi camps. Many died for simply lack of hope.

    We are going to enter a New Year - 2009. There are elaborate arrangements in various parts of the world to mark this occasion.  Every new day brings us closer to eternity.  Either the Lord’s coming is getting ahead by a day or our death.  Therefore, it is essential to anticipate the future with serenity.  This is possible, only by rescheduling our lives according to Luke 12: 35-43.  There are three principles written in that.  They are Waiting, Watching and Working.  Those who are familiar with the Internet can understand the significance of www.
    Christmas for many is a time of sadness and of pain. It is not good news for daily wagers, when redundancy looms, nor is it good news for families of farmers who have lost their crops. Is it glad tidings for Srilankan Tamil refugees who experience agony, pain and sufferings in their own country as well as in India due the ethnic conflict? Christmas is not good news either for orphan children go through pain and suffering for their day-to-day survival. Moreover, Christmas is not good news for those who have lost their loved ones in the year that has gone by.

    Fully Rely On God

    Walking in darkness could mean many adverse impacts in ones life.  The difference between a Christian and others would be the attitude and response to adverse circumstances in life.  The two principles mentioned in this passage are: trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God and do not create own lights in darkness.  That means to solely depend on God and refuse to solve the problem in worldly wisdom.  There are several kinds of darkness in a person’s life, of which twelve are listed below.  But it could be handled applying these two principles.  In contrast, one who tries to create their own light, would not prosper but endure torment.

    Our beloved Indian education system. A cruel and heartless soul laundry of a factory that heaps loads of work for the young minds without leaving them any other option except to memorize the most mundane details about some meaningless piece of information. The monster-manufacturing unit that works 24/7 day and night tirelessly dishing out new assignments and new ways to torture the developmental process. With time, this process has only become more meaningless and more abundant. The aim of this article is not to offer solutions since the solutions are not out there. They are within us. Solutions that help the future understand that succeeding is not everything.

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