Friday, January 01, 2010

Enjoying the Newness

Today is a new day. A new year. Sometimes newness is difficult to embrace. The changing of a job. The move to a new place. Knowing how to care for a brand new baby. Even small ways that life brings about those subtle changes that we don't always expect, but still have to weather. However, I've never known a new year that I wasn't ready to embrace. Sure I might still write "2009"...or forget that it's already January, but it's not like a resistance to change.

There is something exciting and welcoming about a new year. That we are turning over a new leaf. Or starting from scratch. A time for beginning again. Anew.

"Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God."

In the Word, when the Lord talks about the festivals of celebration, I love how there is always a calling to Himself. The festivals were not to just celebrate for the sake of the "season". But to call us to Himself. Again. Anew. To bring our offering of praise and thanksgiving to Him as a memorial or covenant between us and Him.

In this new year, I hope to do that a little bit more than I have in years past. To not necessarily have new "resolutions", but rather, to take the time during these times of rejoicing, to remember and respond to Him. The Lord your God. He is.


Kari said...

I like this a lot, Melissa. I think it's easy to celebrate for the sake of celebrating without making it more meaningful. Even things like birthdays. Yours is almost here!

LoveCompanion said...

Dear Melissa, "taking the time" is such a wonderful resolution to start the year. I find that when I take the time to slow, I find more time for I'm more stabilized and loving towards others and much more productive! Thank you for a lovely post and a lovely site! xx Jenn