It’s a new year! Today! 2018! HaPpY HaPpY New Year!
Enough already with the !!!!s, Virginia, we get it (you’re muttering.) 🙂
But, how grand is it, out with the old, in with the new!?! A chance to start afresh. No more 2017. Now it’s all about 2018, even if we’re a bit worn out from holiday merrymaking & energizer uncle visits. In his late 70s, our uncle still teaches full time as a professor @ Grinnell College in Iowa. Museums, movies, walks, talks, friend parties, family gatherings, special church services – our holiday sped by powered with lots of love (from Above!)
Out with the old year, in with the new – which includes calendars. You know, those handy things with pictures we hang on walls (or flip over) to help us remember what day it is? (month, year?)
This year I opened (& properly protected) a coveted gift in a Yankee swap at my brother’s (very fun) Christmas work party. Too cool for words (or hot, in this case.)
Between Christmas & New Years we make an annual excursion to select new calendars for the house. (Strategic timing: day after Christmas they go on sale ½ price.) My uncle got in on the fun this year after a long day traipsing around the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. (BTW, the Terracotta Army exhibit is 5*!) Zipping out in the blustery cold (my uncle kept telling us how much colder it is in Iowa) we sought out our favorites.
Others offer beauty, like this tall Falling Waters collection of waterfall photos I’ve enjoyed the last few years.
There’s excitement when we turn the pages of a new month, a new week, a new year.
New. Crisp. Nothing written on it yet. What amazing opportunities portend these pages?
Virginia! (your turn for !!s.) What you sippin’ in your tea? Bad stuff is happening everywhere. Some of us barely made it through 2017 (& would prefer not revisiting it!) Everywhere we look horrors encroach humanity’s advancements for equality and our equanimity regarding the future.
If we put on lenses of hope, however, we can see God’s redemptive Love at work around us & within us, even in our muddled puddles.
Each day, what opportunities for God’s grace will come our way? New beginnings? New chances? (“Fall down seven times, get up eight?”)
We have a choice in 2018 – to see hope, seek hope, and BE hope (with Heavenly help.) As pages of our calendars fill up with work, activities, business, appointments, family commitments, don’t forget to carve out time for hope in 2018.
Last (but not least) one of my favorite calendars…
grace, peace & a hope-filled New Year
Virginia : )