“In God’s great mercy we have been given a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” – 1 Peter 1:3
Happy New Year! Gung hei fat choi!
I love the sounds, colors, and tastes of the Chinese New Year. Perhaps more than these great traditions, I love that it comes on a day other than January 1. Using the lunar calendar means starting the new year on a different day than the Gregorian Calendar. The Jewish calendar also operates on the lunar cycle but its New Year’s Day comes in September. I also enjoy thinking of birthdays as personalized New Year’s Day celebrations. There is a gift in have more than one New Year’s Day in a year.
I am drawn to the idea that each day has the possibility of being a new beginning.
I love the idea that each day can hold renewal within it. Each and every day there is a possibility to learn a skill, rethink a position, or start a tradition. With God today has the possibility of a new beginning. This idea is captured beautifully in Brian Wren’s 1978 hymn, “This is the Day of New Beginnings”
This is a day of new beginnings, // Time to remember and move on,
Time to believe what love is bringing, // Laying to rest the pain that’s gone.
For by the life and death of Jesus, // God’s mighty Spirit, now as then,
Can make for us a world of difference, // As faith and hope are born again.
Then let us, with the Spirit’s daring, // Step from the past and leave behind
Our disappointment, guilt and grieving, // Seeking new paths, and sure to find.
Christ is alive, and goes before us, // To show and share what love can do.
This is a day of new beginnings; // Our God is making all things new.