Grace and Peace to you, and a Happy New Year!
Well, why not?
Why not today be the beginning of something new?
What are you waiting for?
Why wait for some flip of the calendar,
some shift of the earth?
The story is not over, nor is it set in stone.
God is still creating, right now.
God is setting free the slaves this very day.
Today is as good as any to make a new beginning,
to turn a corner, to start over.
to do that task you’ve neglected;
to forgive what needs to be forgiven;
to let go of resentment, bitterness and regret;
to restore a broken relationship;
to celebrate what you have been given
and look forward in hope to what will come;
to begin a new way of being;
to be born again.
Today is the day God lets go of your past
and creates you anew.
Today you awaken to the sea parted before you.
This is the day you lay down your shame and fear,
shoulder your hope and start out. Do not wait.
Today is the beginning of a new journey, a new creation.
May you have a blessed new year,
full of grace, full of light, full of life.
This is the day which the Lord is making.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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