We’re given this text for Sunday:
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. [From Genesis 1]
In the beginning.
Here we are at the beginning of a new year. An artificial construct, to be sure, but one that seems to bear much meaning in our culture. Some people make promises to themselves to correct bad habits. We set goals. We determine to improve ourselves physically, intellectually, situationally. We may not be faced with a formless void, but we do look ahead at a (sort of) clean slate, standing at the cusp of a new year.
And yet, we’ve been here before. We know that we will break our promises sooner or later. We will not achieve all our goals. Our self-improvement schemes will not all be realized.
So there we go.
The good news, though, is that we have opportunities all the time for positive change. The new year can be a new beginning. So can January 3 or February 17 or September 22. Every morning, every day, we start over with possibility. At any time we can set goals, determine to do something for others, choose to do something for ourselves.
We have the hope—the responsibility—to reflect God’s creativity by welcoming the potential brought by every new day.
May your year be filled with creative promise, and may you have the courage to live each day faithfully.
© Melissa Bane Sevier, 2012