"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Albert Einstein)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Joyous and GOD-filled New Year!

"Father, we surrender this past year and give it up to You. We give You our failures, our regrets, and our disappointments, for we have no more use for them. Make us now a new people, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward that which lies ahead of us.

"We give You all our hopes and dreams for the future. Purify them by Your Spirit so that our wills shall truly reflect Your will for us.

"As we stand on the threshold of another year, encourage us by our successes of the past, challenge us by the power of Your Word, and guide us by the presence of Your Holy Spirit."

- This is a church's annual New Year's Eve Communion service congregational prayer, quoted from Our Daily Bread: A Daily Devotional (January 1, 2005).

As the sun rises on this new year, I wish us all a Joyous and GOD-filled 2006! God bless!!!

Sunrise at Bandon Beach from www.allposters.com

Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be,
In working, or in waiting,
Another year with Thee.

Another year of mercies,
Of faithfulness and grace;
Another year of gladness
In the shining of Thy face.

Another year of progress,
Another year of praise,
Another year of proving
Thy presence all the days.

Another year of service,
Of witness of Thy love,
Another year of training
For holier work above.

Another year is dawning,
Dear Master, let it be
On earth, or else in heaven
Another year for Thee.

- Francis Ridley Havergal