This time of year can be dark. Although the shortest day has been and gone and the nights are getting lighter the mornings are still dark and the cold weather just seems to add to the feeling of a never ending winter.
However there will come a time when the days get longer, the nights get shorter, the leaves once again appear on the trees and finally spring arrives and then the summer. How do I know this, because it happened last year and the year before that and for thousands of years before that. This is one of the things I cling onto in the dark days of winter.
For me it’s not so much New Year meaning new beginnings but the New Year building on the previous years and all the things I have learnt already. It’s about smoothing the rough edges and polishing what were once rough edges but are now smooth. It’s a bit like a pebble on the beach being shaped by the movement of the waves. My life and who I am is shaped by the events of the previous years and is smoothed out and polished up. Like that pebble on the beach there is nothing I can do but be shaped and changed by what happens, but like that pebble the end result is something incredibly smooth and very beautiful.
For this reason rather than thinking about new beginnings I can look back to both the joys and pain of previous years and know that these are the things that have made me stronger and a more rounded person.
As you look forward to the rest of the year, I pray that you will draw strength from where your path has brought you from and know that you are not alone in your walk.