I always enjoy the start of a new year. It’s a time to reflect and take stock of my life, but most importantly, it’s a fresh start.
This year, more than others, I’m aware that I need a new start, but not just every 365/366 days. Sin is more pervasive and more subtle than I’ve ever appreciated. I’m more disturbed by it, more disgusted at it. My orientation away from God makes everything in my life twisted. I need forgiveness and hope that I can change- or rather, that I can be changed- throughout the day. I still like a good New Year’s celebration (leftover Christmas goodies and sparkling cider anyone?), but I’m beginning to value that grace means I have a clean slate with God this second, that I have power to change right now.