Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Reflecting on a new year

In this time of reflecting back and looking ahead, a few lines from Frances Ridley Havergal's new year verses:

One year less
Of wisely-ordered loss
Of sorrow and of weariness
Conflict and cross.

One year more
Of mercies ever new
Of love in never-failing store,
Faithful and true.


The future! who may lift the veil
And read its yet unwritten tale?
But sorrow and joy alike we leave
In the Hand that doeth all things well,
And calmly from that Hand receive
All that each coming year may tell.
We would not ask of life or death,
It shall be as the Master saith.


So, we rest in God, knowing that throughout the past year he has proved faithful. And we look with both faith and hope to a year of his kind care, knowing that he loves us as his very own!


Anonymous said...


Wow! That certainly is an encouraging thought! Sometimes a year ahead of things to accomplish may seem... daunting... But Havergal certainly seems to have had the right mind-set for the start of a new year! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I think that's going to be my word for the year!

Christina R.V

David said...

Hi Janice! I'm working with a guy in MO who is seeking to publish the Complete Works of Frances Ridley Havergal. Just one piece of the jigsaw is missing, a 'penny booklet' entitled (The?) Five Benefits published by C Caswell & Co of Birmingham, England for New Year 1875, and so popular Frances told a correspondent that 'it was published four times in as many weeks'.
Your 2nd January 2008 blog entry caught my attention in view of its specific focus. Could you please get back to me and let me know whether you have any knowledge of the missing booklet we continue to seek.
Grateful thanks in anticipation.
In Christ alone.
David Marlow