We will open the book. Its pages are blank. . . . The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. (Edith Lovejoy Pierce, English-born poet )

Pierce notes that “We are going to put words on [the blank pages] ourselves.” Many events will occur during 2016, and most of them will likely be beyond our control. Ultimately, however, each of us will determine pretty much what we make of this New Year. Let us begin with the determination to do our best to honor God and serve our community well.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10).