One of my favorite passages of Scripture as we look forward to the New Year is Revelation 21:4-5: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!'" That surely is one of the most hopeful texts in all the Bible. Imagine what it will be like when this old order has truly passed away.