The new year

I was in town on New Year’s Eve, enjoying the lights and the crowds gathered to welcome in the new year and making some images of the festivities. I’ve included some images from this year and last year.

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When I venture out with my camera, I’m never sure what images I will return with. There are always some surprises, usually something very different from what I was intending, but nonetheless something good.

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Perhaps that’s not a bad way of looking at the new year. We go into it perhaps with resolutions or intentions, but at year’s end we might end up in a very different place from what our intentions were, but still in a good place.

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Our fundamental stance, it seems to me, must be trust–trust in the basic goodness of life and of people, trust in God’s care for us, and trust in our own goodness. If we live our life open to the world around us in such a way, we will again find ourselves a year from now counting our blessings and looking forward to yet another year and all the experiences that it will bring.

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Happy New Year to all!

“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith…Strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:30, 33)

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