Welcome to the new year! As with any year, all years, we have no idea what will happen in this new year. We never know. It is always unknown. We certainly had no idea on January 1, 2021 what we would face in the coming months, but one thing we know for sure is that the old year has turned.
Here we are on the threshold of the new year.
What a good time to pull up your chair to silence.
I invite you to close your eyes lightly, not tightly and take a deep cleansing breath. Breathe in and out gently, finding your own rhythm.
Stay in the silent space as long as you wish, and when you are ready open your eyes, glance around you, as if seeing your space for the first time, and read these words:
Divine Gate-Keeper, ever present to my soul,
I approach the threshold of the new year
Aware of my vulnerability and mortality,
Recognizing my dependence on your vigilance.
Your wisdom will direct my inner footsteps
As I face the future’s unmarked terrain.
Your rapt attentiveness assures me
That you will guide my comings and goings.
This day I join my heart with all living beings
As we walk together toward what lies ahead.Joyce Rupp
Before opening the gate and crossing the threshold fully into the new year, I invite you to pause on the threshold and reflect on the lessons and gifts of the past year. We have an opportunity before we become used to living in 2022, to reflect on the ways 2021 was sacred text for us.
Let your heart speak.
When I think about the new year, I….
As I let go of 2021, I feel…
As I move into 2022, I…
This is a good place to start, but perhaps you want or need to go deeper.
Imagine that you are preparing to walk a labyrinth. You stand on the threshold and see a long winding path in front of you. What do you imagine as you begin the journey. I think about the Wise Men–and I choose to believe there were Wise Women, too, who are still on the journey to the Christ Child. They are bringing gifts, but they will receive gifts, too. They just don’t know what they will be.
Here are some threshold crossing questions to consider as you reflect on the past year?
What do I treasure about 2021?
What have I hidden away?
What griefs and losses, regrets and changes do I need to process?
What have I made visible?
How have I become more of the person God created me to be?
And now as you envision 2022, here are other questions to consider:
What are your yearnings for the new year?
What can I do for God in the coming year?
What can God do for me?
How might the new year offer you space in which to dream, create, act, be?
What is the heart of your new year’s prayer?
Allow the questions to live within you. Sit with one that seems to resonate or one you wish I had not asked. The journey is more than one step, but begins with one step.
You’ll notice I did not mention “resolutions.” I prefer the word “intention,” for intention implies to me a gradual and ongoing unfolding. And that unfolding grows out of reflection and contemplation.
May this be a time of loving presence.
An Invitation: What are you feeling, experiencing, learning as you cross the threshold? I would love to know.
NOTE: You may want to read my new year’s post on my previous blog, Clearing the Space http://clearingthespace.blogspot.com/2020/12/crossing-threshold-into-new-year.html
NOTE: In my Tuesday, January 11 post, I will share my WORD OF THE YEAR and offer strategies for how you can discover your own word of the year.