Time is not simply duration of a cycle that repeats itself over and over. It is linear. It marches in a direction, pregnant with hidden purpose and deep meaning. We hunger for this spiritual meaning because we are not at home when limited by the mere succession of visible and predictable life events.
This is because the form of love, the threshold of eternity in time is the Cross. This is the pathway to the Lord. Faith helps us see this, and prayer is the most beautiful response to it. May this new year take us closer into the heart of the Living God!