Reflection from The Rev. Richard Hanna, Kirkwood by the River Chaplain
As we approach the end of January, I would like to share a few reflections on entering a brand new year. Some of you may know that the month of January is named after the Roman God, Janus. On some Roman coins of that ancient era, Janus is pictured with two faces: one looking backward and one looking forward. The image symbolizes the truth that we must take with us the lessons we have learned from the past as we move forward into a new year. The spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional growth that many of us resolute to make priority depends on our carrying the past into the future with new light.
But the greatest truth as we move into a new year is that we need to trust God to walk with us along the way. As God affirms in Hebrews 13:5-6, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” And in the final words of Matthew 28, Jesus declares, “Behold I am with you always, until the close of the age.”
So, let us claim the affirmations of Scripture and the truth that God is with us always as we move into 2023 – and may we pray that it will be the best year that it can be.
“May God make your year a blessed one!
Not by shielding you from sorrow and pain,
but by strengthening you to bear them as they come;
Not by making your life easy,
but by giving you His power, even when life is hard;
not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
but by giving you His light even in the shadows;
not by granting your every wish;
but by helping you to respond to the needs of a hurting world.”