I love praise and worship music...and many of our contemporary songs express the heart of what we often go through in our lives. But time and again, what a treat to sink down deep into an old hymn book and enter the depths of communion expressed by saints of old. One such saint of old is Frances Havergal and here are two of her little known hymns written to be sung at the beginning of a new year.
The first I discovered on facebook a few days ago...and then it just "happened" to be one we sang at church* today. What a delight! The second, also sung at church today, thrilled my heart. In it the recurring theme of fear not discovers me again. And the reality of God's presence with us pervades both.
Please enjoy, dear brothers and sisters, even if you don't sing. Enjoy them as a poetic way to pray and worship your way into the year ahead.
Another Year is Dawning
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be In working or in waiting, another year with Thee. Another year of progress, another year of praise, Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace, Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of service, of witness for Thy love, Another year of training for holier work above. Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be On earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.
Standing at the Portal
Standing at the portalOf the opening year,Words of comfort meet us,Hushing every fear;Spoken thru the silenceBy our Savior’s voice,Tender, strong and faithful,Making us rejoice.
Onward, then, and fear not,Children of the day;For His Word shall never,Never pass away.
“I, the Lord, am with thee,Be thou not afraid;I will help and strengthenBe thou not dismayed.Yea, I will uphold theeWith My own right hand;Thou art called and chosenIn My sight to stand.”
For the year before us,O what rich supplies!For the poor and needyLiving streams shall rise;For the sad and sinfulShall His grace abound;For the faint and feeblePerfect strength be found.
He will never fail us,He will not forsake;For His eternal covenantHe will never break.Resting on the promise,What have we to fear?God is all sufficientFor the coming year.
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*Believers Assembly, Bellbrook, OH