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A Cold-Hearted Old Long Syne? Heaven Forbid, My Heart Is His!

In 1788 Robert Burns wrote the Scottish poem, Auld Lang Syne. The most direct translation is “old long since,” but the idiom has a better meaning in “long, long ago,” or “days gone by,” or simply, “old times.”

Auld Lang Syne was certainly not a phrase that was original to Burns though. In fact, James Watson had printed a poem in 1711 called Old Long Syne. Both had based their ideas on what Burns called, “an old song, of the olden times” which he had “taken down from an old man.”

Watson’s poem opens:

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold, that loving breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect, on old long syne.

On old long syne my Jo [“Jo” means “dear”], on old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect, on old long syne.

While Burns’ Auld Lang Syne concentrates on better memories, Watson’s poem bemoans a love whose heart has grown so cold and love so extinguished that she can’t reflect on the long ago.

For God’s children, there would be nothing worse. God forbid that our hearts could grow so cold that we can’t, or won’t, remember! We gather every Sunday to sing the old story. We gather to remember Jesus’ sacrifice at the Lord’s Supper. We give our hearts completely. Why? Because our old, long since is alive and well, and our hearts are warm and loving.

As we begin our theme, at Clover, for 2017, “Pursuing the heart of God in all things,” we will consider what we love about our salvation. It is time for a check-up. How is your heart? Jesus is our spiritual cardiologist, and the prescription is God’s Word.

A New Year is a great time to start again. Begin a daily Bible reading; make a commitment to come to church; pursue God’s heart in all things. 

Remember the “old, long since,” is alive today!

Go To Bed! 6 hours a night may keep a cold out of sight.

sleep-coldSo it turns out that sleep is good for you. Wow! Who knew? “Um, all of us,” you say? Well, sure. But a new study sheds light on how helpful a good sleep really is. 

We have all heard of that magic 6-hour sleep mark. But a recent study proves that sleep plays a far more significant role than just avoiding grogginess. In fact, there is good evidence that sleep may be one of the greatest factors in our resistance to certain illnesses.

Now, I hate being sick. So I would never willingly let someone spray the cold virus directly up my nose. But that is exactly what researchers did to 164 adults who were part of a sleep study. And, as one might expect, sleep was beneficial.

But even researchers were surprised by the lopsided results. Those who slept 5-hours or fewer were 4.5x more likely to develop a cold. Aric Prather, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, reported, “It didn’t matter how old people were, their stress levels, their race, education or income.” Proper sleep was the chief indicator of avoiding the cold.

Perhaps this is just another lesson we “workaholics” would have learned if we had paid a little more attention to scripture. After all, “get your proper rest” is a message the Bible teaches consistently. And it is important for body and spirit.

Now, I realize this isn’t the most politically pressing issue. But sometimes, like God did with Elijah, we can’t work on spiritual matters until we take care of physical needs. And if we took more care of ourselves physically, perhaps we would have the strength to face the great challenges ahead.

God gave us the example; He chose to rest from His work (Genesis 2:2-3). Scripture teaches us to work when it is time to work and rest when it is time to rest (Exodus 20:8-10). Jesus taught His disciples to take time to rest (Mark 6:31). In fact, He took important time to sleep when He could (Matthew 8:24).

Nothing interferes with a good night’s sleep like the lack of spiritual security. But God gives true peace and rest for His people (Proverbs 3:24; Philippians 4:6-7). On the contrary, lack of sleep is dangerous, causing us to stumble when we need to remain alert (Matthew 26:45).

So get sleep to avoid physical and spiritual “colds”…just not during the sermon this Sunday!