A New Year

I am doing a new thing.
     —Isaiah 43:19

We have moved out of the old year and into the new—a time of emancipation from the past and an embracing of the present.

It is, of course, artificial. Looking at a circle, you can’t know the point of its beginning or ending. Nor is there any rational reason to regard any specific day as the last or first in a year’s cycle.

Be that as it may, it is pleasant—and legitimate—to relegate the past to the past, let bygones be bygones, and look with happy anticipation to traveling a new stretch of road. Properly used, it’s an attitude that can carry us to better times.

I like to greet the first of January as a representative of new beginnings, fresh starts, and decisive resolutions.

Happy New Year


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