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New Year

By shaunefc, Jan 7 2014 01:34PM

So what are we going to do during 2014 as individual Christians and as a Church fellowship? We will all have various ideas as to personal and possible corporate ideas which might be put into operation, but I am sure that we are all only too aware that anything which is tried in our own strength is more than likely to fail, for we would all admit that whatever we seek to do for God during 2014 will only be accomplished with His help and in His strength!


As Joshua spoke to the children of Israel as they entered The Promised Land:


“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I (God) was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9)


Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-79) wrote quite a number of hymns during her comparatively short life, many of them for children to help them learn their catechism. However, she did write other hymns for adults as well, including one to be sung at the closing of a year for the opening of the next which is really a prayer:


Another year is dawning:

dear Master, let it be,

in working or in waiting,

another year for Thee:


Another year of mercies,

of faithfulness and grace;

another year of gladness

in the shining of Thy face:


Another year of progress,

another year of praise,

another year of proving

Thy presence all the days:


Another year of service,

of witness for Thy love;

another year of training

for holier work above.


Another year is dawning:

dear Master, let it be,

on earth, or else in Heaven,

another year for Thee.


To which all God’s people should add their “Amen”!


A prayer suitable for use at the end of one year for the next:


Heavenly Father, Whose mercy is everlasting: accept our thanksgiving for all the blessings of the year just past. Take our lives afresh into Your keeping as we face the unknown future, and fit us by Your grace for whatever lies before us in the days to come. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.


(GJS)


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