How to Welcome a New Year

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
It is that we should have a new soul.      -GK Chesterton

Foster gratitude for the year that has ended; foster hope for the year that is beginning.

Know that for everything there is a season. Spend time reflecting on the season in which you are dwelling at this time in life.

Carve out space in your schedule to play, to rest, to make art — knowing that these, too, are forms of perfect worship.

Soak up the mercy of God, that is new not only every year but every morning! Let that mercy be a call to love yourself and others with transforming love.

Open wider the doors of your heart and home by offering hospitality. Celebration is increased by shared rejoicing.

Begin now to create change in your life and your community by pursuing what makes you come alive. (Because, as Howard Thurman taught, what the world needs is people who have come alive!)

Welcome 2012!


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