The internet today is full of memes declaring 2017 to be a book of 365 blank pages just waiting to be filled, a new year full of possibilities in the great circle of life. The memes brought to mind a familiar scripture, Revelation 21:5, which reads in part, “Behold, I make all things new.” Again. I always want to put the word again after that phrase, because like the changing year it allows for renewal, making it more than just a one-time shot. After all, God is a God of second, third and even fourth chances, as there is no limit to grace. God, like the new year allows for the promise of more and better. The past gets to stay behind and we can look forward to fresh opportunities. That’s not to say those blank pages won’t present challenges. They will come as with the tide: rolling in in turmoil and then back out, leaving changes in their wake, disappointments that help us to fully appreciate the joys in life. It’s just nice to know when we face those challenges that renewal will follow. Again.