Turning the calendar to a new year provokes some reflective thought. When I woke up this morning I thought of how fortunate I am to have my family and friends to share life's ups and downs with. I hope you feel the same.
Today we welcome the New Year as if we are welcoming a stranger who has been knocking on our door. We hope the stranger is bringing us good news or offering something of value to us, but the stranger could also be a bearer of sadness or someone searching for a safe place. I hope and pray 2009 will be all good, but I know that it will also include those who bear sadness and seek safety.
Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you invited me in." (Mt. 25:35)
2009, come on in, I welcome you.