January is named after the Roman deity Janus, the god of thresholds. He had two faces, one that looked back and one that looked forward. So that’s what we do on New Year’s. We look back on the year that has passed and we look forward to the year ahead.
Whether your 2011 was a year of trials or thanksgivings or both and whatever 2012 will hold for you, I hope that you will know the promise of Psalm 31:15: “My times are in your hand.”