01 Jan Words of Grace – New Year
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in your presence,
in your service, to your glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from you,
but may rely on your Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every speck of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth your praise;
testify your love,
advance your kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with you, O Father, as my harbor,
you, O Son, at my helm,
you, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girded,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to your calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me your grace to sanctify me,
your comforts to cheer,
your wisdom to teach,
your right hand to guide,
your counsel to instruct,
your law to judge,
your presence to stabilize.
May your fear be my awe,
your triumphs my joy.
(Adapted from “New Year.” The Valley of Vision. Banner of Truth, 2005. 206-207.)