Poet Louisa Fletcher expresses her wish for a place called "The Land of Beginning Again." As we think of last year many of can identify with failures, wrong attitudes and words, selfishness, and many other less than desirable times. There are also missed opportunities to serve others, to be Christlike. And, life has a way of bringing sadness even in the midst of joys.

But each day is new. The new year brings a sense of making a new beginning and in a way we can have many new beginnings. We can confess our sin and failure of the past and ask His help and blessing for each new day. "New" is used about 150 times in the Bible. God's "mercies are new every morning," He gives a "new song," He will make a "new heaven and new earth," and finally "make all things new."

The greatest miracle is the making of a new person. "..if any be in Christ, he or she is a new creation." 2 Cor. 5:17. Saul of the New Testament was a wicked man, hating and persecuting Christians but God made him new and he became propagator the gospel in Asia and Europe.

The song writer John Newton was a vile profane slave trader yet was made new, becoming a pastor. The song "Amazing Grace" is his testimony of a new man. Let's take new opportunities to let God make us new from within.

Jerroll Martens, Chaplain, Newton Presbyterian Manor