Let Today be the Day…

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Contributing Writer
Pastor Scott Hannon
St. John Lutheran Church Amherst, NY

It is nearly mid-January and I still haven’t got back to the gym. I haven’t organized my house the way I promised myself I would. I haven’t started eating better, sleeping more, watching less TV, or spending more time with family. It seems as though this is just another year in my life with New Year’s resolutions left unaccomplished.
Oh well, there’s always next year.
There is something about the new year that invites change and fresh starts. All across the country, when the calendar turns folks of all ages make promises and embark upon new patterns of living. Unfortunately, for many, resolutions are left unaccomplished or incomplete. The best of intentions are abandoned and set aside for “next year.”
But what if this year, you pretended every day began a new year? I mean, in truth there’s really not much of a difference between January 1st and January 11th. There really isn’t anything particularly special about New Year’s Day. Today presents just as much of an opportunity to take something on as any other day of the year.
See, with God each day is a new day with new opportunity. Each moment comes with the invitation to start fresh and begin again. In the Christian tradition we don’t believe that there is a set time or place or day when God forgives. Rather, we believe that God is always at work showering us with amazing grace, unmerited mercy, and unconditional love. So, why not use this day as your new New Year’s day?
Let today be the day you practice love.
Let today be the day you try to forgive.
Let today be the day you live healthier.
Let today be the day you listen more.
Let today be the day you try something new.
Let today be the day you pray.
Let today be the day you reach out.
Let today be the day you start fresh.
And should you fall off the wagon, let that 0next day be the day you begin again.
God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). This newness doesn’t happen once a year, once a quarter, or even once a week. On the contrary, God is active right now. May we see everyday – and especially this day – as pure gift and use it in ways fitting of the blessing it is.

Happy New Year.

In the Way,
SDH

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Pastor Scott Hannon
Pastor Scott serves the people of St. John by helping the congregation welcome everyone, care for one another, and grow in the joy of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pastor Scott earned his bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo and went to seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in preaching from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Scott and his wife, Kate, live in Bowmansville, NY with their children Molly, Delaney, and John Scott. Scott and Kate love Western New York for many reasons, not the least of which are the changing seasons, wonderful people, and of course the Buffalo Bills. Pastor Scott’s ministry priorities are worship, preaching and teaching. Scott’s hobbies are guitar, golf, and reading. To read some of Scott’s musings visit his blog Way-ward at www.psdh.org.