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Religious Reflections

Happy New Year

by Donna Homer

Most people are happy to welcome the new year. They shout out greetings of "Happy New Year," and to celebrate some have parties. Others make resolutions to improve themselves in some way or do something to make theirs or others lives better.

Everyone, I think, likes the thought of a fresh start - a new beginning. It gives us hope that what's ahead is good and therefore we should look forward to it.

The idea of looking forward to a new year makes me think that perhaps in the same way we should look forward to what Paul said in the New Testament reference as the "new man." In Eph. 4:22-24 he states, "put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is caught according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

He states this a little differently in II Cor. 5:17 "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Wouldn't it be great if we looked forward as much in creating a new person out of ourselves as we look forward to a new year? We could then say "Happy New Man." And this new man in us would indeed be happy - Why? Because the new man of God's creating would have dropped all the things that make us unhappy such as selfishness, resentment, hatred, greed, etc. We would be following Jesus's command in Matt. 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

So, I would like to say to you, "Happy New Man!" For more ideas log onto www. spirituality.com

. Donna Homer is a member of the Sunnyside Church of Christian Scientists.

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