I apologize, I took a blogging break to focus on work and my personal life during the holiday season. Yes, church work is ridiculously busy during December!
Anyways - here's a devotional for your new year.
Lamentations 3 -
21But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
You should read the whole chapter! Heck - read the whole book of Lamentations! Either way, Lord help us to embrace what is new this New Year. G. K. Chesterton wrote - “The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul” (thanks @philosophytweet!). His promise of love and mercy never end, no matter what has happened in the past. Let us be made new by this promise.