Repeat or Repent 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 08:53 AM - Extra Christy
January is named after the Roman god, Janus (or Ianus) the god of beginnings and endings. He was a two faced god, one face looking forward, and one looking backwards. (Hmm, anyone protesting this intrusion of religion into our secular calendar?)

Some folks observe the beginning and ending of the year with new beginnings called Resolutions. They resolve to start or end a practice or habit. Fitness Clubs are filled in January as people seek to begin a new healthier lifestyle. (Ok, some are just being good sports about the memberships bought for them by loved ones...Why is everyone looking at me?)

Christianity has a form of new beginning. It is called Repentance, meaning "to turn". The idea is that Christians turn from the path of sin and selfishness to the way of Christ and his love. It is good to rededicate oneself to the path at the beginning of a year, maybe that is why we have a festival recalling baptism, a Christian's new birth, a spiritual beginning in January.

I hope this year you resolve to repent...turn to something good, loving, and healthy and not repeat regrets of previous years.
A New Year's Repentance

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,-- Acts 3:19 (NIV)

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