The year of Our Lord 2014 is now in the history books. It brought with it the normal and sometimes unusual ups and downs. Babies were born, loved ones passed away. Couples were married and some were allowed to marry for the first time in their states. There was conflict and attempts at peace. There were bad days and there were good ones. Oh, and the San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five years!
The year of our Lord 2015 has taken first steps. I was watching an episode of Dr. Who as midnight struck. It was a Christmas episode in which Matt Smith regenerated into Peter Capaldi. The old became new (even though in Peter Capaldi's case the face is an older one compared to Matt Smith). Whatever the case it was a fitting episode to watch to bring in the New Year. After all the New Year comes with a new face, even though it carries with it the legacy and memories of the past year. With that in mind, let us look forward to a year of ups and downs, sadness and joy, and do so knowing that our journey is undertaken in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
In the spirit of the New Year, I share the word from the Psalmist (Psalm 98), who invites us to sing a New Song to the Lord, "for he has done marvelous things."