Its a blip on the radar of time, really. And without a calendar you'd never even know when it happened. But a new year is a big deal to us isn't it? There's just something about our inner hunger for "new" (or "renew"?) that makes us love a new year.
I think its a redemptive implant. A leftover cry from our Eden self. No matter how big our God-aversion, we want new like nobody's business and a new year gives us some new every year. I believe new years are eternal signposts--things that awaken the Big story in our hearts, even if its only for a moment.
I have 3 phrases I'm entering this new year with. They're not themes. They're not catchy slogans. They're not rules or resolutions. They're just some phrases and words that have been banging around in my head and heart for the last while that I'm choosing to put on my HUD for 2009.
- Faith, hope and love
- the Mission of God
These phrases will be making guest appearances in my conversations, praying, teaching, writing and thinking as I head into this year.