"Change. Real change that makes a difference comes only when an individual comes to grips with his or her self. Real change comes only when we realize that, on our own, we… can do nothing." (How often have you failed to keep those New Year’s resolutions? :P)
BUT–"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)
And now, to finish blessing you this first day of the Brand New Year…
The 8 maids-a-milking are for the 8 beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (Matthew 5:3-10).
Does that about cover you all? ;)
All quotes are from the 12 days website we’ve been using (ttp://www.crivoice.org/cy12days.html), and the painting is from Wikipedia.