St. John Chrysostom said of the coming of a New Year:
“When you see the year coming to completion, give thanks to the Lord that he brought you to this period of years. Put your heart to rest, count up the time of your life, say to yourself:
The days move quickly and pass by, the years come to an end, we have already traversed much of the road-but what noble thing have we done? We will not go from here empty and lacking all righteousness. The judgment is at the doors. Life presses on and on toward our old age” (PG 48.956).
(Derek Krueger, Byzantine Christianity: People’s History of Christianity, Kindle Location 490-493)
Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful New Year. May Christ guide you on the road, which is 2016, to God’s Kingdom. And some encouraging words from St. Paul the Apostle, to help keep you on the way.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.