There's a lot to be said for a New Year. Besides the parties and good food, our diaries are relatively uncluttered, and there's the excitement of fresh starts. There's also the opportunity to think about the old year. Remembering is an important spiritual practice. Our sense of who we are is formed largely by our memories and the things that have happened to us in the past.
In the Bible we are repeatedly urged to remember... particularly God and the things that God has done and has promised to do for us. Memories are a mixture of good and bad. But we need both to be authentic human beings. And we needn't be afraid because God is a God of grace, love and healing.
Let's try to find some time to simply look back. Then we might find what - and who - is really important in our life. How might we live differently? How might we become more Christ-like?
And we should also look forward, knowing that our God is with us, alongside us. That's what God has promised. So, how might we notice all the wonderful things that God has in store for us? God is at work, in our world and in our lives. How might we live our lives in the light of this.