A Roman god and a new year

January

Not exactly the Roman god Janus, but a Celtic-inspired similar design.

 

The Roman god Janus was the god of gates, halls, doors, and doorways.

The god of beginnings and endings.

Usually depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions, Janus frequently symbolized change and transitions, such as the progression of past to future, of one condition to another, of one vision to another. He was also known as the figure representing time because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other.

This is where the month of January gets its name.

In the thin place between years, we often stop and reflect upon the year gone by and consider the year to come.

In 2015, this blog was viewed around 23,000 times by people in 101 countries.

The corresponding Faith on the Fringe Facebook page has more than 680 likes.

Thank you.

Thank you for allowing me into your life and for finding value in what I write.

I’m pleased with the response to a blog that’s not quit a year old.

In the coming months, I hope to take the blog on the road with more speaking engagements. (Feel free to contact me to learn about having me speak.)

In the coming months, I encourage you to think less about the coming months. Because time itself, like January and calendars and watches, is a human-made concept, a construct designed to give a sense of control over the uncontrollable power of creation.

There is no such thing as time or days or years or months.

There is only now and living in the present moment. The eternal present.

The 47 year-old astronaut footprints remain on the moon, looking as though they did the moment they were made. And the moon remains, exactly as it has since the moment it was created, long ago.

Memories of our long-dead loved ones remain with us as moments we carry throughout our lives.

The Creator is now, always was and forever will be. Just as our souls and spirits always will be.

The past 365 days were good and bad. Spiritually fulfilling and deeply empty. All were made better by remembering who is important to us. Each day is better when we connect with what’s important and connect with the One who created us.

In the coming months, I wish you the best.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

 

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