Many times in our lives we start over again. Sometimes this is by choice, sometimes by necessity, sometimes by a mysterious convergence of free will and obligation.
Some of these new beginnings are joyful and full of hope (the first days of a new school year, a better job, marriage, childbirth, graduations, some but not all funerals, spring training or the first game of any sport season . . .). Some of them are terrifying (a difficult medical diagnosis, the realization that one is “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die” as the rock group Jethro Tull once sang, getting on the path to sobriety, being unemployed, watching the erratic path of a Category 5 storm . . .)
All of these require that we let go of some dearly beloved parts of the past, that we assess realistically where and who we are in the present tense, and, if we are people of faith, trusting in God’s guidance and presence for the future.
Maybe this is a time of new beginnings for you. Or maybe your time is still ahead of you. In any case, believe what Jesus says to us, “I am with you always.”