It’s a new year, it’s a new day. Thank God. We have all just spent several weeks since Thanksgiving celebrating many different aspects of our lives on earth, most of which are related to our faith. For Thanksgiving, we give thanks (to God) for all the bounty of things we have been provided with. Then comes Christmas where we throw a huge birthday party for the coming of the Christ child. Then comes New Year’s eve when we party hardy all night long, stay up way past our bedtimes, and get all excited about – the calendar resetting. Huh? Seems kinda silly when you think of it that way doesn’t it? So what is the big significance of the difference between December 31st and January 1st? For some of us it means a whole new year of vacation days have been allocated (woo-hoo!). Or maybe it means a new year of health insurance benefits are available. None of that did it for me so I did a little Google time on why we celebrate it, and came up with this from new-years-day.com:
The celebration of the new year is one of the oldest holidays. Many believe it was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago and that it marked the first New Moon after the Vernal Equinox. The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. How did New Year’s Day move from the summer to the winter? A good question, especially since the spring is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. Today New Year’s Day is January 1st. The month of January was named for their god, Janus, who is pictured with two heads. One looks forward, the other back, symbolizing a break between the old and new. The Greeks paraded a baby in a basket to represent the spirit of fertility. Christians adopted this symbol as the birth of the baby Jesus and continued what started as a pagan ritual. Today our New Year’s symbols are a newborn baby starting the next year and an old man winding up the last year.
Wow. I did not know all that. But I do have a suggestion on how to totally change your perspective on all this. If the symbol today is of a new born child coming in, and an old man going out, then I submit to you that this is a holiday we can celebrate every day of every year! One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is that God creates a new man (baby) on the day of salvation, and the old man (sin nature) is done away with. That occurs when we make a decision to follow Christ. But what about after that? You can get that rebirth anytime on any day you want it. I do not mean another salvation experience, that is a onetime thing, but God has promised us an eternally full well of Grace that we can access anytime, any day. Some of you will know I do this every time I take communion, I get a “fresh batch of Grace”, and a forgiveness and rebirth of sorts. But you do not have to take communion or do anything else for that matter to have a rebirth. You can do it every day, just by telling Him to give it to you. Awesome. I need it man, I need it every day. Maybe we should name it “New Grace Day”?
So happy January 4th everyone. And happy January 5th, 6th, 7th and so on. Gonna be a lot of partying for me this year as I celebrate rebirth and re-commitment whenever I need it – how about you??
Happy New Grace Day!