Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The New Year

A Very Happy New Year to visitors to my blog!

Looking for that blessed hope, and glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2 v 12).

Another poem from “Echoes of Eternity” by Michael R Abbott; used with permission

The New Year

Another year is over,
Another year begins:
Our minds are filled with memories
Of failings and of sins.
We could have been more faithful,
We could have had more care
For Christ our Lord and Saviour,
And sought Him more in prayer.

Oft has He spoken to us
And caused us to rejoice,
But have we always hastened,
Obedient to His voice?
We’ve followed after pleasures
And treasures that will fade,
Heedless of the sacrifice
That He for sin has made.

Yet, when in times of anguish
And sorrow we have cried,
We’ve still known peace and comfort
From Christ, the Lamb Who died:
Afflicted with our sorrows
And burdened with our cares,
At Calvary He bore them;
He listens to our prayers.

How faithlessly we serve Him;
Who shed His blood for sin,
To rescue us from evil,
Our souls by grace to win.
Our thoughts, our words, our actions
Must grieve Him to the heart,
But still our God is faithful
Forgiveness to impart.

Another year is over,
Too swiftly has it passed;
The one that's now beginning,
May even be our last.
How will we spend the hours
And minutes He does give?
Is this desire ours:
For Christ alone to live?

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