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Year’s End Prayer

This would have been good to post yesterday but I only came across it late last night.  I love the second half of this prayer.  It answered a question I had these past few days with the number of “Happy New Year” greetings I heard: what if this year doesn’t turn out to be happy?

The prayer is from the Valley of Vision and if the language sounds a little outdated, feel free to change that in your head as you read!

O Love beyond compare,

Thou art good when thou givest,

when thou takest away, when the sun shines upon me.

Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,

and in love didst redeem my soul;

Thou dost love me still,

in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust. 

Thy goodness has been with me during another year,

leading me through a twisting wilderness,

in retreat helping me to advance,

when beaten back making sure headway.

Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;

I hoist a sail and draw up anchor,

With thee as the blessed Pilot of my future as of my past.

I bless thee that thou has veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.

If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,

thou wilt be with me in them;

If I have to pass through tempests of persecution

and temptation,

I shall not drown;

If I am to die,

I shall see thy face sooner;

If a painful end is to be my lot,

grant me grace that my faith fail not;

If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,

I can make no stipulation;

Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort

or trial,

as a chosen vessel meet always

for thy use.


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