Now that is about as mundane a title for a new year's post as there possibly could be. Except... This morning when I picked up the Bible for a lectio divina that I try to do each morning (although I do not always succeed), it fell open by chance to Psalm 78, "A New Beginning in Zion and David." A long psalm, Psalm 78 was not one with which I was previously familiar. It gives quite a wonderful recounting of the past, where God was present, what God did, and how the people sinned, and ends with change and hope for the future. Wouldn't it be a wonderful beginning to this year to recount our past, remembering the moments where God was with us, what God did for us, and how we sinned, and ending with a resolution for change and knowledge that we do have a reason for hope?
Perhaps 2010 will be a year that is different from past years. At least, it started that way for me. First, there was the blue moon! And then Donnie and I welcomed in the year together. Now, we were doing that quietly at home, which sounds pretty routine. Except...This is the first time in 40 years that I have been awake at midnight on New Year's Eve!
I just returned from New Year Mass and am delighted that I still have a half-day left without having to report to work, just in time to wish all of you Happy New Year! Best wishes for blessings and a gentle year!
Note: Blue moon photo by Ernest Coleman. 2010 photo from Associated Press, Taiwan.