Christmas Notes: The New Year [Hope]

Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.

[Hebrews 12:1]

Christmas carols have been sung, and now the New Year is on the horizon. Consider these beautiful verses written by Frances Ridley Havergal, the nineteenth-century British poet and hymn writer—as contemplation on the coming year:

Recommended Reading: Psalm 96:1-13

Another year is dawning, Dear Father, let it be,

In working or in waiting, another year with Thee;

Another year of progress, another year of praise,

Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace;

Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;

Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;

Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;

Another year of training for holier work above.

Another year is dawning, Dear Father, let it be,

On earth or else in heaven, another year for Thee.

Lead on, O King eternal, we follow, not with fears. For gladness breaks like morning where’er Thy face appears.

[Ernest Shurtleff]

~ Dr. David Jeremiah ~

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