I pinch hit for the bishop today; the topic was fresh starts and this is roughly what I said to introduce the speakers.
I got new socks for Christmas. Later you should ask to see them because whatever you're imagining, you're wrong.
We also got a new baby this year. She's still less than two weeks old.
And today is a new year. I mean---there's no particularly astronomical reason today starts a new year---why not the solstice, twelve days ago? Why not spring? Isn't spring the symbol of new beginnings? Why now in the darkest and coldest part of the year, here in the Northern Hemisphere, are we noting a new year?
hope is born in darkness
faith is born in doubt
eternity is born in mortality
Let us march boldly forward together