January 2019 is a mere blip on the timeline of eternity. But it is our present, our chance to develop our talents, cherish our relationships and grow in love of God and each other. It is our chance to stand with open hands, open minds and open hearts to await the daily experiences in which God comes to us. It is the beginning of a new year in which to hope and trust that the God who condescended to take on our human nature will be with us every day of 2019, and every day of our lives. With remembrance of God’s assuring words, “I am with you always,” we can throw away all fear, no matter how dark our personal and world events may sometimes look. We can really expect good things to happen, because God keeps his promises. Happy 2019!
By Roberta Werner, OSB