I’m always somehow surprised when another new year rolls in. For the last eight years my little girl’s birthday ends the year and begins another. Watching her stand behind a mound of presents makes me realize how quickly time flies. I’m a very forward looking person and somehow I always want the new beginning to be something other than the snow and cold we’ve already been having. Fall and winter haven’t been all that different thus far. Rolling stones gather no moss but sitting benches certainly gather snow. The bright side is our mounds of new snow make it look like a clean new slate. Simply moving forward in time doesn’t necessarily change our lives that much. Temperatures rise and fall…happiness comes and goesyet there’s a window beyond all of this that is something far more eternal…the realm of joy and peace that passes all understanding. Basing life on circumstances is foolish in the best of times…who but God can say what tomorrow holds? For all the blessings you’ve received in 2013…pay it forward. For all the difficulties…may they be left behind. May 2014 be doubly blessed for you all!