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Another Year is Dawning 1/01/2011

During the Advent season before Christmas we considered some of the Christmas Carols that have been sung through the years and for many of us the messages which flowed out of these hymns were refreshing and revitalizing. As much as we enjoy and appreciate fresh air and fresh water in a natural sense, how much more we drank up of the freshness of the life giving Spirit of Christ that flowed out of the hymns that we sang together in a heavenward and united manner. Yes, we could say that the glory of the Lord shone around us and in us as we worshipped our Great God and King.

A fellow believer in Christ, Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), enjoyed New Year's Day, for she considered it a day of promise, as she looked forward in faith to God's blessings in the coming year. She had such a positive spirit that it was said that she brought a "burst of sunshine." The following hymn that she wrote was inspired by the thought of the new year before her. May we slowly and in a thoughtful and reflective manner read the words of this hymn that she penned.

Another year is dawning:
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 mercies,
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 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.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:11-14

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in this New Year and always!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 01 Jan 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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