Always there is a beginning —

a new day,
a new month,
a new season,
a new year.

Forever the old passes away

and newness emerges
from the richness that was.

Nothing is ever lost

in the many changes
time brings.

What was, in some way,

will be,
though changed in form.

Know this:
This moment is a beginning;
and your lives,

individually and together,
are full of richness, of freshness,
of hope and of promise.

Edward Searl, We Pledge Our Hearts by Edward Searl, editor