And, my friends, it is so easy to get to the end of a year and say good riddance, to be without hope. After all between mass shootings, sexual scandals (from politicians to Hollywood producers and actors and everywhere in between), Global unrest, Hurricanes and tornados, and a great political and racial divide in our country, this has been a hard year. And if all you listen to are the major media outlets, one could quickly come to the conclusion that armageddon is just around the corner! And in these turbulent times it’s easy to miss God’s glorious hand moving among us! Maybe even in your own life it has been an exceptionally hard year for you? You may have gotten divorced, lost your job, had a health problem, experienced the loss of a loved one or had another setback. Whatever the case, perhaps it has been hard seeing God’s loving hand. Just like Asaph, perhaps you feel like the Heavens are closed off to you and God isn’t there for you. But we must learn from Asaph as well. He didn’t stay there in his thinking. Instead, he began to recount all that God had done not simply in his life but in the life and history of His people. And you know what? We can do the very same thing today!