New Years 2023
If you were asked to pick which month is most often associated with deep reflection, you would probably choose January. Known for recaps and resolutions, the new year starts with retrospection then moves forward with hopes for the year ahead.
In January, we are all a little bit like Janus, the Roman god for which January is named. Legend has it that the god Saturn gave Janus the ability to see into the future and past. Janus is usually depicted with having two heads that face in opposite directions. One looks back to the year departed, and one looks forward to the new and uncertain year ahead.
During this time of reflection, we look back at what we did wrong in the previous year and what we did right, and hope to do better this year. Some people make ambitious new year’s resolutions; others just take a deep breath and hope for the best.
As I have grown older, I have become more reflective. I reflect more about the past year than I do about the year to come. I am not a resolution maker. I just pray to God that God will guide me through another year. I pray to God that he will be with me, that he will hold me. So I found this prayer this year:
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope, and joy for you for the year ahead.*
As you reflect, may you let go of the regrets of the past. As you reflect, may you celebrate the successes of the past. As you reflect, may you consider goals for the future. As you reflect, may you say this prayer.
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