WELCOME TO 2005. Happy New Year! The turn of the year offers an opportunity for grace-based newness. Apart from grace, the past will be repeated. Apart from grace, tomorrow will be more of today's same ol', same ol'. Apart from grace, our efforts to improve ourselves, do better, be different, to change amount to little in the long run. Discipline and hard work may go a long way to acquire us some external securities, but do little to produce the only security one can really count on. Whatever is new, whatever is reconciled, whatever is restored, whatever changes from the inside out, is borne by grace. Do we really want to be made new and to see a world made new? Begin with grace.