Yep, Jan. 1st is The Holy Name of Jesus on the Church Calendar. Don't you think that's so much richer than flipping a calendar page and making a bunch of resolutions that end in pointless failure? How much better to place faith in his Name and let him make wonderful changes in us:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name...
The Gospel of John, 1:12
The picture is our front door. Yes, real icicles because it's - uh - freezing here. But the "greens" remind us that the Name of Jesus is love to the cold-hearted world, and victory over the forces of death and hell...
Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life, and health, and peace.
and the red reminds us that his blood was shed in sacrifice for us - not just as a story or an example, but as the decisive act for cosmic history:
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Apostle Paul, Letter to the Philippians, 2:9-11
Yes, it is 2008, and we pray that God blesses these next twelve arbitary calendar pages. But most of all we let's encourage one another to honor, pray and believe in the Name of Jesus, who is "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), even as he comes to "make all things new" (Revelation 21:5).