Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
December 13, 1951
NUMBER 32, PAGE 4b-5a



The ending of the year is a time of remembrance—and a time of forgetting. It should refresh our memories and cause us to be grateful and thankful for every good thing that has come our way. It should also be a time for forgetting our mistakes and failures, the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" which may have been our lot, and every slight and injury, intentional and unintentional, which others have given us.

No words could be found more appropriate to this season than those well favored phrases used by Paul: "one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." All the misery of stonings, imprisonment, shipwreck, starvation, and false accusations was forgotten. Forgotten too were the bitter attacks from perfidious brethren, the malicious misrepresentations of once trusted friends, the calumny and opposition of enemies. There was too much yet to be done; no hours could be wasted in fruitless resentments over wrongs done him, nor in self-pitying commiseration over injuries suffered. He had neither time nor inclination for such stupid use of his energies.

As the old year fades this month, let it take with it all the bitterness from your heart—all ill feeling (if any there be) toward any and all who may have injured you. Face the future with hope and confidence and good cheer. Let your attitude be that of a constant "stretching forward to the things which are before." Let the new year be in reality what we proclaim it on our calendars, 1952 A.D. (anno Domini), a "year of our Lord."

— F.Y.T.