A paragraph that I couldn't use in my sermon, but which I think is worth holding onto somehow:
All the rigmarole with year-end lists, best-of and worst-of…we mark time this way, but we all know that the things that really impact our lives, and change our lives, are the things that are just as likely to happen on a Wednesday afternoon in May as on December 31. Things like diagnoses of illness, births of babies, commitments to marry the one we’ve loved for years and want to spend the rest of our lives with. Finding out that the one we love is leaving, finding out that a grandparent has breathed her last breath. These are the things that mark our lives, and don’t necessarily make it onto top-ten lists for Time Magazine.