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It’s a journey that begun 365 days ago. And after this long sojourn through valleys and plains; smooth and crooked places, now perched and weary we finally see the glory of the Lord. And the doors of 2021 are open ajar for us to walk in. It’s the dawn of a new year.

We all know this journey wasn’t all rosy and bliss. It wasn’t for you and certainly not for me. Our heavily blistered callused feet tell the story of our pain. And it isn’t because of joy that our eyes are sunken and our lips cracked and dry. We had our hearts pierced in a thousand places when we grieved over the loss of our loved ones. And the pain of eternal farewell was too great a burden to bear. At one point we thought it was over for us too. How could we live in a world without the people who told us the world was a beautiful place just because we lived in it? The people who loved us without condition. Without question. Sadness loomed over us like a messenger of doom. We were forlorn. Lost.

Amidst the tears we refused to forever wallow in sadness. No. Rays of Sunshine soon touched our souls with light. And eventually our snuffle cries was replaced by torrents of laughter and smiles.

Because we are strong we’re unbowed. And when the day was dark and scary we faced it with courage and zeal. Some days were bright and beautiful. And we welcomed such days with grace and humility. We maintained the pace. We kept the faith. We continued the journey. We faltered. But we never stopped.

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Finally, we are here. The New Year is upon us. New blank pages are spread before us. Perhaps it’s time for a new story. An opportunity to retell our tales. And ask yourself; what is it you want in this life?

May the spirits of your ancestors guide you as you answer this question for the next 365 days. And may the Lord above shower us with blessings. And with such abundant love. In the words of WITI IHEAMERA I say to you, May the calm be widespread, May the ocean glisten as greenstone, and may the shimmer of light ever dance across your pathways; from this day till your last day.

I still want the same things I ever wanted since I was a child. I want to always have food. I want to be happy. I want peace. And I want to live. To this New Year and many more years to come, Shalom.


Besides studying computer science at kisii university, Tonny Ogwa is a contributing writer for a number of publications. When he is not writing, he is googling his name because he is always busy.

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