January 1 – New Beginnings

The New Year gives us all the opportunity for a fresh start, and so we too begin a new, short series of readings, prayers, and reflections to guide our thoughts in the early days of 2021.  These will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays over the next few weeks.

January 1 – New Beginnings

“His mercies are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:23

At some point in our lives, we dream of new beginnings – an escape from the old ways, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over, or maybe just the chance to try something completely different.  Sometimes a new beginning can feel threatening because it takes us out of our comfort zone, while other times it can be exciting – a challenge to move into new territory or the exhilaration of an unknown adventure. What will 2021 have in store for you?  Only you can answer that question. The opportunities for new beginnings are there, and it is up to you and me to choose how we accept that challenge.

Lord God. Each day brings new challenges and problems.  Each day also brings new opportunities to know you better and to start over with a new attitude towards our circumstances and the people around us. None of us needs to be burdened by yesterday’s failures or regrets. Help us to embrace the new dawn of each new day as a chance to start again and to experience the refreshment of your tender mercies. Amen.

May the New Year bring joy, peace, health, and renewal to you all.

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