Tuesday 1 January 2013


Happy New Year from a muddy London.

This is a very well known New Year hymn but it the second and third verses really struck me, yesterday. New Year can seem a daunting time but if we trust in the Lord God then we have resources for the days to come.

Standing at the portal
Of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us,
Hushing every fear;
Spoken through the silence 
By our Saviour's voice,
Tender, strong and faithful,
Making us rejoice.

Onward then and fear not,
Children of the day!
For His Word shall never,
Never pass away!

"I, the Lord, am with thee,
Be thou not afraid,
I will help and strengthen,
Be thou not dismayed!
Yea, I will uphold thee
With my own right hand,
Thou art called and chosen
In my sight to stand."

For the year before us,
O what rich supplies!
For the poor and needy
Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sinful
Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and feeble
Perfect strength be found.

He will never fail us,
He will not forsake;
His eternal covenant
He will never break.
Resting on His promise,
What have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient
For the coming year.

Frances Ridley Havergal

I pray that my readers may know the Saviour and His blessing in this New Year.

1 comment:

  1. A Very Happy New Year to you too and to all your family. "Looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2 v 12).