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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:05 am 
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Another fresh New Year here...
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright New Year is given me
To live each day with zest...
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrong,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful song!

by William Arthur Ward

Instead of making a New Year's resolution
Consider committing to a biblical solution
Your promises are easily broken
Empty words, though earnestly spoken
But God's Word transforms the soul
By His Holy Spirit making you whole
As you spend time alone with Him
He will change you from within

by Mary Fairchild

Just one Request
Dear Master for this coming year
Just one request I bring:
I do not pray for happiness,
Or any earthly thing--
I do not ask to understand
The way Thou leadest me,
But this I ask: Teach me to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

I want to know thy guiding voice,
To walk with Thee each day.
Dear Master make me swift to hear
And ready to obey.
And thus the year I now begin
A happy year will be--
If I am seeking just to do
The thing that pleaseth Thee.

-Unknown Author
His Unfailing Presence

The New Year
Dear Lord as the new year is born
I give it to Thy hand,
Content to walk by faith what paths
I cannot understand.

Whatever coming days may bring
Of bitter loss, or gain,
Or every crown of happiness;
Should sorrow come, or pain,

Or, Lord, if all unknown to me
Thine angel hovers near
To bear me to that farther shore
Before another year,

It matters not--my hand in Thine,
Thy light upon my face,
Thy boundless strength when I am weak,
Thy love and saving grace!

I only ask, loose not my hand,
Grip fast my soul, and be
My guiding light upon the path
Till, blind no more, I see!

by Martha Snell Nicholson

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:41 pm 
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The New Year
A flower unblown; a book unread;
A tree with fruit unharvested;
A path untrod; a house whose rooms
Lack yet the heart's divine perfumes;
A landscape whose wide borders lies
In silent shade beneath the skies;
A wondrous fountain yet unsealed;
A casket with it's gifts concealed~
This is the year that for you waits
Beyond tomorrow's mystic gates.

by Horatio Nelson Powers :happywings:

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:04 pm 
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Faith is a Mighty Fortress

We look ahead through each changing year
With mixed emotions of
Hope and Fear,
Hope for The Peace we long have sought,
Fear that Our Hopes
will come to naught...
Unwilling to trust in the Father's Will,
We count on our logic and shallow skill
And,in our arrogance and pride,
Man is no longer satisfied
To place his confidence and love
With Childlike Faith
in God above...
But tiny hands and tousled heads
That kneel in prayer by little beds
Are closer to the dear Lord's heart
and of His Kingdom
more a part.
Than we who search and never find
The answers to our questioning mind,
For faith in things we cannot see
Requires a child's simplicity...

by Helen Steiner Rice

PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:17 am 
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New Year’s Reflections

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when I ponder those who do,
I immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll have a Happy New Year! :happywings:

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:57 pm 
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At New Year's
Lord God, our times are in your hand;
the years roll by at your command.
Our lives are gifts which you bestow;
please, teach us so to count the flow
of years, and months, and weeks, and days
that grace-taught wisdom marks our ways.

Now, as we enter this new year,
we ask you, Lord, stay always near;
direct and guard each step we take,
correct us when wrong turns we make;
teach us by what we say and do
to show that we belong to you.

We don't know what the future holds;
we'll see that as your plan unfolds.
Lord, give us strength and faith to trust
that what you do is ever just,
that when we do not understand
your ways, we're still held by your hand.

We've made your world a frightful place
of ethnic hate and pride of race;
there's warfare and religious strife.
O Lord, show us that in this life
you want us to reflect Christ's love:
we need your guidance from above.

Lord, let your church a lighthouse be,
a haven of security;
a port where love and justice reign,
where Christ who for our sins was slain
is preached, and where each clan and race
may join in God's unending praise.

Johannes DeViet

PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:14 pm 
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New Years Prayer

Thank you Lord for giving me
The brand new year ahead
Help me live the way I should
As each new day I tread.

Give me gentle wisdom
That I might help a friend
Give me strength and courage
So a shoulder I might lend.

The year ahead is empty
Help me fill it with good things
Each new day filled with joy
And the happiness it brings.

Please give the leaders of our world
A courage born of peace
That they might lead us gently
And all the fighting cease.

Please give to all upon this earth
A heart that's filled with love
A gentle happy way to live
With Your blessings from above.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:29 pm 
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A New Year's Prayer

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God's love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.


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