Saturday, January 2, 2010

How do we celebrate the "New" in New Year?

Every year we have a new beginning.  We  have a chance to begin again, a chance to change, a chance to improve.  But is it necessary that these changes only occur at the beginning of a New Year?  Don't we have a chance to begin anew each day?  Every day we wake up is a chance to begin anew. 
For instance, if yesterday you were not a kind, loving, or forgiving as you wished to have been, don't give up, you have another chance to be better today.  God is always giving us opportunities to be the people we want to be.  He forgives us of our weaknesses and always gives us another chance to try again.  In addition, he is always there to help us to be the people we want to be.  We should not lose heart that our mistakes are forever held against us.  We have the blessing of a loving God who looks at us with loving eyes, not looking for us to make mistakes, but instead, looks to offer us help to be better.  God wants us to love each other in the same way.  We must look at each other with those same loving eyes.  Just as God gives us the opportunity to improve, we must give each other the same opportunity. 
As followers of Jesus, forgiveness and compassion must be the hallmarks of our experiences with others.  We mirror God's love to each other and that entails forgiveness, kindness, and compassion.  So, just as we have an opportunity to begin anew each day, we as loving members of God's family, should allow the people in our lives to begin anew as well. 
This in not easy especially if we have been hurt by others.  It is not easy, but it is so very freeing.  As we move into the New Year and think about the "resolutions" we could make, make a resolution to wake up every day cherishing the new beginning we have been given and to remember to give that new beginning to others.
My wish for all is the freeing experience of love and forgiveness in this New Year.

Peace to you all,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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