A New Year with Henri Nouwen
Whatever your practice might be for the start of a new year - maybe you choose a “word of the year” like Father Drew, make a resolution or two, say a special prayer, or simply give thanks for the blessings that came in the past - the turn of the calendar is a perfect excuse for hoping anew. True, the switch from December 31st to January 1st will not be the solution to all of our problems or provide sudden strength to surmount obstacles, but it is a time when the world turns its head together towards a new beginning. As Christians, we know this new beginning is just one amongst many, and instead of hoping in the newness itself, we can hope in the One who created it. In his book You are the Beloved, author Henri Nouwen celebrates new beginnings simply and enthusiastically. We share his words here as a beacon of hope and a blessing on the new beginning of 2021.