As we embark on a new year, a proverbial fresh start, I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3.
Have you felt the pangs of sorrow? There will be a season of joy for you.
Have you hated an enemy? There will be a season of love for you.
Has a certain sin bound so tightly around your heart, suffocating you against the living word? A time is coming for you to cast away your sin that clings so closely and be renewed in spirit and truth.
Has a loved one wounded your heart, your soul? There will be a time to heal.
What has been broken can be rebuilt. The stone you have cast can be collected, gathered in humility and love. The days of seeking answers can be replaced by surrender, losing yourself in the overwhelming love of God. The war that battles within and without will be replaced with a glorious time of peace.
A new year brings hope for a new day. It is a symbol for stripping off the old to replace, we pray, with the new. A reminder that His grace is sufficient in the storms of life as much as it is sufficient in the spring days of new birth. His grace will sustain us through the seasons.
So as we set out on a new year, remember that there is a time for every matter under heaven. And because His mercies are new every morning, today is the day for a fresh start.