January, the first month of the year, gets its name from the Roman god, Janus or Januarius, who was represented as having two heads, and two pairs of eyes, each pair looking in the opposite direction from the other, and each head facing a different direction from the other.
New Year is often stock-taking time with business men, and it is good for the Christian, too, to take stock, to look back into the past and trace the good hand and kindness of the Lord amid much failure on his part, and to look forward to a new year of opportunity, of privilege and responsibility. Instead of good resolutions, he will make a full and fresh consecration of himself and all his powers to the Lord.
(Exod. 12. 2)
Charles Lamb, in one of the Essays of Elia, tells us that he was shy of novelties—new books, new faces, new friends, new years. In this respect he differed from the poet, Tennyson, who welcomed in the new year.
I would be quiet, Lord,
Nor tease nor fret:
Not one small need of mine
Wilt Thou forget.—Julia C. R. Dorr
That was a wise thing that Doctor Johnson said in his old age: "I have been resolving these fifty-five years; now I take hold of God."—Selected