Over the years I have learned to appreciate new beginnings. It can be sad or upsetting to leave behind the familiar and embark on uncharted paths, but every new turn offers us possibilities not known or realized in the past and surprises known only to God...and God is truly a God of Surprises. So this new year holds out for us many opportunities to grow as human beings, as Christians and as friends of Jesus!
To sit in the divine presence of Jesus as I try to do each day can be an eye-opener. If we bring to the Lord all of our hopes, our dreams and plans, our concerns and worries, our failures and disappointments, we can begin to see all of this in light of God's plan and His will for our lives. To try and makes sense of the complexities of life, the ups and downs of being the person God made us to be, the challenge of being Catholic disciples of Jesus - all of this can be overwhelming left on our own. But when we do this consistently in prayerful conversation, speaking and listening in our quiet "inner room," God does open our eyes to the meaning of our lives.
As we begin yet another new year, the common human experience is that times just goes faster and faster. We all think, "Where did last year go?" In the midst of the rush, the continual movement forward in time, forward towards our meeting with God face to face, we are blessed with time. In His patience God has given us more time to become who it is He created us to be. This we cannot do alone or in a vacuum. And so, The CatholicTV Network is there for you, seen in more than 11 million households. You are never alone: the Lord Jesus is with you and you are part of a wonderful family, the CatholicTV family.
We are all God's dear children and we are loved beyond measure. May 2012 be a wonderful year for you, even if it brings challenges and change...for one thing is certain: God's deep love for us in Jesus Christ will never change. This is no surprise - Jesus is the same for us and for all: yesterday, today and for eternity.
Happy New Year, everyone! May it be full of great surprises.
|photo by George Martell, 2011|