One of my favorite passage from the bible is taken from the book of Ecclesiastes from the old testament; “For everything there is a time; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to laugh and a time to cry; a time of war and a time of peace...”
We thank God for the blessings of the past year and seek his wisdom and guidance as we enter into the new time and the new year.
One author says that the 365 days of the new year (some are already past us of course) are like the 365 pages of a rather long book. Each day we are invited to write a new page in that new book of our life.
Each new day is a time filled with opportunities and challenges to be the best person God made you to be. Each day we are invited to sing a new song. sometimes that may be a lament that we didn’t do a better job with the challenges placed before us.
On other occasions it may be a song of joy at the progress that has been made and accomplishments that have been done. Whatever the case may your song be sung so that you can learn from your mistakes and be a better person for having taken the time to look at your life and where you have been and what you have done with it.
While as human beings we are time bound with a history yet as many of our faith traditions tell us we seek for the eternal.
The book of Genesis tells us that we are created in the “image and likeness of God.” So it should be no surprise that in human beings there is the striving for goodness, truth and beauty. While we see these qualities and virtues in saintly gifted people we hope that more and more of us will strive after these qualities in the new year.
St. Augustine, one of the great spiritual writers who lived in tumultuous times at the end of the Roman empire is quoted as saying ‘our hearts will never rest till they rest in thee O Lord.’
So lets close with this prayer for the new year from the book of Numbers: “may the lord bless you and keep you; may he let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you amen”