A New Year

In most of the western world, and for the purposes of international commerce, it is New Year’s Day.  The Earth has finished its circuit to return to its position of 12 months ago, and people spent last night in both parties and anticipation.  The day lacks the solemnity of Rosh Hashanah which the joy of a new year (apples and honey as symbols) is tempered by the accompanying Yom Kippur (with its apologies and atonements).

So first, let’s think about the day in that light.  For many this is a day of resolutions, and of new beginnings.  As such, maybe a few apologies and repentances (in a way a kind of resolution) may be in order.   It is also a time for prayer, to seek assistance in this “new start,” because (let’s face it) none of us is that great at “fixing ourselves.”

That said, it is an “apples and honey” day full of sweetness.  For it is as Psalm 118:24 (NKJV) exhorts “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”  This New Year’s Day, like every day we are blessed with, is a gift from God.

Let us “rejoice and be glad in it.”



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