Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another Year is Dawning

As we close out one year and welcome a new one, our thoughts and emotions can be as varied as the ways people choose to ring in the new year.

Personally, I'm glad to send 2008 packing! Since this was the year that 1) my FIL was moved into an Alzheimer's facility, 2) my mother died (in the middle of Hurricane Ike, which caused a 10-day delay in her burial), and 3) I spent the last 2 months of the year dealing with a broken foot and learning how advanced my osteoporosis already is -- I am ready to move on to 2009.

Of course, economic uncertainty coupled with a probable layoff at my man's company, as well as the less-than-encouraging political horizon, doesn't make me too ecstatic about the coming year, either!

But then I think of what the year has the possibility of being in spiritual terms. And as Habakkuk says,

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,

I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

There aren't too many hymns that focus specifically on New Year's, but you only need one when it's as good as this one.

In January, 1874 Frances Ridley Havergal sent her friends a New Year's greeting with a beautiful prayer of dedication she had written. She was known all over England as "the consecration poet." She was completely committed to serving God with her talents and abilities. She was "an accomplished pianist and vocalist, proficient in seven languages, possessing a keen mind (having memorized Psalms, Isaiah, the Minor Prophets, and the entire New Testament)."

Source: Amazing Grace: 365 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions by Kenneth W. Osbeck, Kregel Publications, 2002.

This tiny church sings this beautiful song whose melody is the same as The Church's One Foundation.


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.

WORDS: Frances R. Havergal
MUSIC: Samuel S. Wesley

May this be the prayer of all of us as we welcome 2009. Happy New Year!


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Mel said...

Blessings on you and your family in 2009!!!

sara said...

I am with you on 2008, though as I look back there are as many blessings (maybe more) than heartache. some came from the heartache. I love this hymn and the reminder it brings!!! Thanks for sharing it.

Suzanne said...

Hi Mocha Linda!
You inspired me to remember to take calcium pills. And try tofu. But do we HAVE to give up our coffee????
Happy New Year to you. Love what you do with your blog. We're both using blogspot but your blog is much cooler-looking than mine. ~Suzanne

lmerie said...

May this new year be filled with blessings for you and yours!!

Happy New Year!!

A Stone Gatherer said...

That is such a great song Linda! I would love to sing it tonight just before mid night! Thanks for sharing it with us! He is our hope and our sure foundation for 2009 as well! We will continue to trust in Him!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Really poignant and meaningful. My prayer is that you have a year without so many painful moments. I don't know if you saw Annette's ISWYS post (Annie's Eyes) but she read a devotional that really helped me face the new year.

skoots1mom said...

thank you for the song...i love the words...
is Sam one of John Wesley's brothers? know there were only 18 or 19 children in that family!
happy, happy new year!
you'll have to play with windows moviemaker...its a little hard at first, but gets easier the more you do it!

CandaceCalvert said...

Wonderful, Linda. I'm holding onto " . . . feet of a deer." So beautiful and hope-inspiring.
Along those lines, I pray that 2009 brings you joy beyond your expectations. Happy New Year!

Connie@Little Red Hearts From God said...

2008 was probably the worst year of my life... but then if I take 2corinthians 1:3-5 and live it... I'm sure God will use it to His glory...
with that said...May this year be a new beginning for us both....

Praying for Hope....


Jules from "The Roost" said...

I love where your thoughts took us on this post! You really had a tough 2008! I do pray this is a great year for you.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

It has been a year of changes for you, hasn't it? But lot's of good things have happened too...including our meeting in person for the first (second and third) time! God has surely blessed me in 2008 with your friendship...