This morning a fresh layer of snow covers the bare branches and dried plants from last year. Only a hope for a new beginning remains visible. A hope that this year our maple tree will push forth healthier leaves. A hope for ripe tomatoes, crisp spinach, and pungent basil.
Nature demonstrates for me my hopes for the coming year, that my experiences from the previous year will be put behind and fresh opportunities and relationships will blossom. The changing of the calendar reminds me to take inventory of that I wish to hold onto and things I might avoid should they arise again.
Shedding of what has been with renewed hope for what might be warrants celebration with cheering and song and good food so we might joyously thank friends and family and especially God our creator for renewal in the coming year.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away;
see, everything has become new!
– 2 Corinthians 5:17