Most people love the new year. There is the excitement around the opportunity to start a new diet, start a new job, start a new relationship. Whatever it is and whatever it may be, the new year symbolizes a new opportunity and a new beginning. The prophet Jeremiah reminded us of the power of newness. Lamentations 3:22-23 reads as follows, Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Every year on the third Monday of January I have the distinct privilege of honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Although I did not know Dr. King personally, I feel a connection to his life and legacy through my service at First Baptist Congregational Church. Dr. King stood behind the same pulpit we currently use today and gave a speech to a very divided Chicago. He resided in Chicago for a few months and tried hard to unite a torn city. The