A Happy New Year! There is a glow of cheer and optimism in the very words “New Year.” The old year, with its anxieties and worries, is over. It too brought happy days and sunshine, and in memory we must cherish the bright places.
~May Louise Crane, “Poet-O-Grams,” American Poetry Magazine, January 1934
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
~2 Corinthians 5:16-20
Ground Hog Day is coming. This is not to rush the day, but to be reminded of the movie of the same name. The main character gets the gift of repeating one day until he gets it “right.” Until he appreciates the life he handles with such carelessness. I have a friend who is writing his thesis on Ground Hog Day . About second chances with God. Every day. For the rest of your life. This is not to say do what you want, it all works out. It is to say, be kinder to yourself. Say thank you. Appreciate today for what it is. This new year has had a very challenging start for me personally. I know there are blessings in the every day of this challenging time. And I have the opportunity to receive them in gratitude every day. And so do you.
Lord, help us to live into hope, to express our thanks, to see you in every human being, and to appreciate each new beginning.
Because of Him