Welcome back to our readers. After a brief hiatus during the Christmas/New Year holidays, we are back to another exciting year.
A New Year is often a time of introspection and reflection. Unachieved goals are re-examined, unrequited desires are re-visited, priorities are re-assessed, and resolutions are made with renewed determination. For those who have suffered a loss in the previous year, the New Year signals the beginning of an era without their loved one. It is a time of change, a time of anticipation. For many of us, it is a time of hope – hope that the New Year will be better than the previous year.
For those of us who are in relationship with Jesus Christ, hope is undergirded by confidence. The Apostle Paul expresses this confidence in his letter to the Philippians: “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Phil 1: 4-6.
This view suggests that, regardless of the times and seasons, the good work that God began in us continues – it continues regardless of whether 2016 has been a year of disappointments; it continues regardless of what 2017 holds. It continues steadfastly until the day of Christ. Herein lies our confidence – and our hope for 2017 and beyond.
We are gearing up for a stimulating and inspiring year of Crucis. We look forward to sharing articles by new authors, including some of our new faculty. We wish you hope for the New Year.
Lily Arasaratnam-Smith and Andrew Youd