As we cross the threshold that leads to a new year, we reflect upon the year that has just ended, and we greet the New Year with quiet anticipation. In bidding farewell to the old year, we pause to give thanks for its many blessings. Some of these blessings have come to us as beautifully wrapped gifts. We have welcomed them with receptive hearts because they have brought us immediate joy. And without hesitation, we have raised our hands and we have lifted our hearts in a spirit of thankfulness to our......