You who read these words stand in the earliest days of a new year — 2022! It’s understandable that we may feel both excitement in facing a new calendar with fresh opportunities. At the same time, we may very well feel anxiety as we turn to 12 months unfolding which hold the known.

We celebrate with resolutions which mark directions in which we commit to growing. But our familiarity with days now past can lead us to recognize the truth of the well known saying: “You never know what a day may bring.”

With this in mind, I share with you this insightful reflection written some years ago by Father Henri Nouwen:

“Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say, ‘How will next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten years from now?’ There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step — what we have to do in the coming hour or the following day. The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let’s rejoice in the little light we carry, and not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.”

We who seek light for living are called to trust the wisdom of Nouwen’s words.

As 2022 unfolds, may each of you truly find that you receive enough light for each every step. As in days now past, so in the present and in days yet to come, God’s grace abounds!

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