Monday, January 11, 2016

It's New Years Day Again

Fresh starts are awesome.  When a year ends and a new one begins, it's a great opportunity for us to be reminded that we can make a change.  New Year's Resolutions abound at this time of year.  The gyms are busier than ever in January... for about three weeks.   New things get started, plans are made, and we have a renewed vigor for being a different person.   But when the newness of the year wears off then often our resolve does as well.

Today I am going to make a lengthy and very important presentation to my new staff at PHFS.  I entitled it, "This is a Day of New Beginnings" based on a hymn Brian Wren.

This is a day of new beginnings,
time to remember and move on,
time to believe what love is bringing,
laying to rest the pain that's gone.

For by the life and death of Jesus,
love's mighty Spirit, now as then,
can make for us a world of difference,
as faith and hope are born again.

Then let us, with the Spirit's daring,
step from the past and leave behind
our disappointment, guilt, and grieving,
seeking new paths, and sure to find.

Christ is alive, and goes before us
to show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings;
our God is making all things new.

One of the greatest things about all of us as human beings is that we can choose at any moment, to make a change.  With God's help (scripture says that with God all things are possible) we can turn that corner and move forward.

Today is the beginning of a new year.  In 366 days it will be January 11, 2017.  The beginning of a new year will happen on March 21, and again on June 18.  It will happen on August 17 and September 12 and December 15th.   It will happen every day of this year.   Every day it's new year's day again.

Maybe your January 1 resolutions have already failed, or maybe you didn't even make any. But it doesn't matter.  Today is a day of new beginnings.

Every day can be.  

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