Looking back over my New Year comment, I realised I had left out my uppermost thought.
It is this: That every day is a new beginning: as the book of Lamentations says, adapted into a wonderful hymn:
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end...
They are new every morning,
new every morning,
Great is your faithfulness O Lord,
Great is your faithfulness."
With God, we get a new start EVERY day - we don't have to wait once a year for the first of January.
Better than that, even: we get a new start with God EVERY time we turn back towards him and look for him. He is there, waiting for the moment. Longing to see our faces and not the backs of our heads.
Longing for us.