There is a natural push of the New Year for reflection. Nathan’s message last week gave us a good way to remember how to see change become a reality. Allow me to share with you the words of a hymn that was written in 1874. Frances Havergal, a believer composed it as a New Year’s greeting card. Perhaps it can give us another perspective for going forward. It goes like this;
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.
Whether looking back or looking forward, the presence of a loving God is both kind help and crucial hope.