An implicit leap to a fresh start

Postell-2011The timing of this issue of the Alumni Now cannot avoid mention of the New Year. We can trivialize the significance of the timing with the usual greeting of Happy New Year. But within the examination of the word Happy, there is the implicit leap to a fresh start. It comes as a surprise to some people that the name “January” owes its origin derives from the ancient Roman god Janus. Janus had two faces, one looking to the past and one scanning the future. The significance of timing in the beginning of this New Year might well involve a two-fold dynamic of examining the past and anticipating the future. Did we live the past year utilizing a potential? Do we anticipate the New Year making a decision to both correct inappropriate behavior, but even more so to take a leap into the unknown, to take a gamble, to use some of our creative reservoirs to make the world a better place? Can we make this New Year a happy era by taking a giant step forward? The Holy Spirit is there to help us make this Leap.

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