The 12 days of New Year

Jan 13, 2012

It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of  January already and I am still trying to get used to writing the correct year!  As the beginning of the year January is a good month to start fresh, and I am not referring to  resolutions because I have decided  long time ago that they are not for me.  Mind you, if I ever want to resolve anything I do not need to wait for the beginning of a new year to do so.

The 12 days of the new year have been a time for “cleaning-up” and ” re-organizing”.  I have been busy cleaning out my kitchen cabinets and throwing out stuff that have long seen their expiration dates.  Not only I did the physical cleaning, I also have been cleaning my “spiritual” closet.  I have been gathering the lessons I have learned in 2011 and throwing out the “unwanted”things that have been cluttering my mind. 

I have written down 12 lessons from last year, conveniently one for each month  and some of these lessons have been on going  since I became a Christian.  I am definitely a slow learner, and  have not quite “mastered” them and therefore have to re-learn them the hard way.  I guess the only way I can really embrace the truth is by practicing it in order to be perfect.

I feel better with a neater cabinet, as it is much easier to find my way around the kitchen.   Similarly, I have a sense of being ” renewed” and ” refreshed” after I did some cleaning of my spiritual store-room, and is more at peace as I embark on a new year.   I know there are more changes ahead and I need to prepare myself for whatever new challenges come my way.    A wonderful friend of mine sent me the full version of the serenity prayer the other day and I have claimed this well-known prayer for the coming year, these wise words are timely and encouraging and I do need to stock my shelves with these wise words for the road ahead of me:

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time,

Enjoying one moment at a time,

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,

Taking as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right,

If I surrender to His Will,

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.

Amen.                                      

                                                                                            Reinhold Niebuhr    1892-1971

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About mamaj

mom with two grown up girls, children pastor, avid knitter, coffee-lover, bear-collector. I love reading, hanging out with my girl friends and yes, I am owned by a golden lab, Jaden.

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