January 2 has many special titles, depending on your location and culture. Different Christian traditions hold it as the feast day of Basil the Great, Defendens of Thebes, Gregory of Nazianzus, Macarius of Alexandria, and Seraphim of Sarov. It is also the ninth day of Christmas (that would be four nights left until Epiphany, and nine ladies dancing, if anyone is keeping up with it!).
In Haiti, today is Ancestry Day – the day to remember one’s ancestors, and especially to think of those who have died in this past year. In my family, this has been a year of many illnesses, many of them quite dangerous, but, thankfully, only one death. My husband’s grandfather passed away this March.
Here’s a thought from Job 1:21 as you take a moment to think of those who are no longer here: “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (NIV)