Spiritual questions to ask ourselves for a bountiful new year, Call forth the best in ourselves

Spiritual questions to ask ourselves for a bountiful new year, Call forth the best in ourselves



Henry Van Dyke: “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”


January offers an opportunity to assess where we have been, what we have gained (or lost), and what hopes and goals we envision for this year. This calendrical milestone invites us to ponder the meaning of existence and our mortality.

As we consider the year past, let us reflect on what has transpired. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

  • Do we need to learn better how to take time to ponder, peruse, and plumb the depths of our lives?
  • What successes came our way?
  • What sadnesses? What satisfactions? What surprises?
  • How did they shape our character and strengthen our spirit.

Let us presently rejoice over the blessings we have received. Examining our lives isn’t simply a dispassionate dissection of the past, but a celebration of the gifts of the present. Finding joy in eating, drinking, working, and resting is a daily gift from God. Mealtimes are a thrice-daily reminder of God’s provisions, yet in our hurry-scurry lives, we often miss these opportunities to rejoice over our blessings.

Let us finally recommit our lives to the principles and priorities that give us purpose. A vision of our future that calls forth the best from us is critical. A vision that empowers possibilities presently unseen is essential for hope to exist. Without such a vision, we perish, but with such a vision, we flourish.

  • How do we reflect the best of our past?
  • With whom do we rejoice in present blessings?
  • With a hopeful vision of the future, how do we recommit to ourselves and our community?
  • What positive transformation do we expect for ourselves in 2024?


Rev. Dr. Sybrant serves at Murray Hills Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). For more info, visit us at 15050 SW Weir Road, Beaverton. www.murrayhills.org | 503-524-5230