Happy New Year
Welcome to the day that most makes calendar makers happy, the start of a new year, which means the need for a new calendar.
So on this day that begins yet another new year, I thought I'd give you just a sample or five of how the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament use the word "new."
"And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." -- Ezekiel 36:26
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." -- II Corinthians 5:17
"On the day of the firstfruits, when you offer a grain offering of new grain to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work" -- Numbers 28:26
"Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts." -- Psalm 33:3
"And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' Also he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'" -- Revelation 21:5
So notice what is new this year. But do not forget what must be remembered.
(And come back here every day. That's your assigned New Year's resolution.)
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NOTICING THE GOOD
In a world where bad news makes lots of noise, says Pope Benedict XVI, goodness prevails. He's right. Keep that in mind in this new year.