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The New Year — A Poetic Prayer

The New Year

A new year is upon us and the occasion affords the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect, and pray. In recent weeks I’ve been exploring the poetry of Marianne Farningham who wrote the bulk of her works in the late 1800s. Among them was this poetic prayer for a new year. Perhaps you’d like to make her prayer your own as you set out into 2022…

Father, who givest us
Now the new year,
Grant that Thy mercy
May with it appear;
Lead us the path along
Which we must go;
Choose Thou our portion
Of pleasure or woe.

Father, Thy blessing give
Brightening each day;
Be Thou our comforter,
Hear when we pray.
Let us not go alone
Out in the wild;
Let Thy forgiving love
Shelter each child.

Whate’er our work shall be
Let us have light;
What our hands find to do
Doing with might;
Faithfully serving Thee
While it is day,
So be the happy year
Passing away.

Father, Thy wisdom give,
Let us be strong;
Keep us from grieving Thee
Doing the wrong.
Oh, let us hear Thy voice
Calling us near,
Oh, let us see the way
Clearly appear.

Father, we cannot see
What is before,
Yet we would sing our song
Trusting Thee more;
Burdens we have and griefs
Bitter to bear.
But Thou wilt quiet us,
Thou who dost care.

So we will meet the months
Leaning on Thee,
Loving and mighty One,
Still near us be;
Help us to forward go
Strong in Thy fear;
Father, abide with us
All through the year.

If it should be the last,
Happy are we!
We in the heavenly home
With Thee shall be.
Guide our feet thither, and
Bless Thou us still—
Father, with us and ours
Do Thine own will.

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