Technically, the first day of January is just another day on which the sun rises and sets, the natural cycles run their courses, and we people wake up, eat, breathe, do our things, and go to sleep. Were January merely the thirteenth month, its first day would not be terribly significant. But the opening up of a new year is a psychological cleansing of the slate for many of us. Not only do we experience special “New Year’s” events as part of the holiday season, but also we make resolutions to be carried out in the year just beginning.
One New Year’s Day, a certain pastor spoke to exactly twenty-nine parishioners as they were leaving the Church. To each he asked this question: “What is your New Year’s Resolution going to be?” And more than half — fifteen to be exact — gave answers that had to do with money.
It was said in a novel of many years ago that “God is…
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