A Fresh Beginning
William Kerfoot was a respected, successful businessman when the great Chicago fire of 1871 hit, leaving his office and portfolio in ashes, but he wasted no time rebuilding. He put up a wood shack that read: “All gone but wife, children and energy”. He then placed an advert on the Tribune on October 11 and 12 telling customers his business was still open. By October 13, his advertisement proclaimed he was back at his old place,” 89 East Washington Street”. The editorial of that day encouraged Chicagoans through this man’s courage to “Cheer up, Chicago will rise again”.
Many times, the memories of the past year come back to haunt us and halt the prospects and progress in the new. As we begin the New Year, we must forget the failures and missed opportunities of the past. We must remember that we cannot enjoy the benefits and the opportunities in the New Year if we continue to ruminate on the distress, disappointments and disgrace of the past one.
God has promised to do a new thing in our lives. All disappointments, sickness, pains and problems of the past year must be allowed to go with it as we welcome a New Year of new opportunities. Happy New Year!
Culled from Daily Manna 2019