As one year ends another begins

2015 is almost over. Three hours left of another year. Where has the year gone? In chatting with some residents at work today, the consensus was that time flies by faster and faster as a person ages. It doesn’t really, of course, but it sure feels that way.

We also talked about our great plans for tonight – New Years Eve. And how the event assumes less and less significance the more birthdays we have seen. All the residents planned on going to bed early and enjoying a good night’s sleep. Good plan! and I am quite sure they will follow through, There was a bit of discussion on whether or not they should all wake at midnight and ring the call bells to wish night staff Happy New Year! but I strongly suspect sleep will win. 🙂

As one year ends another begins. 2016 will fly by as fast or faster than 2015. It will be filled with days that are each 24 hours long – no more, no less. What fills those days is for me to decide.  A few weeks ago I was chatting with a dear friend ad he mentioned a very old book he has-a book of poems by Frances Ridley Havergal. Many of her poems have been set to music and are some of our classic hymns.  Tonight I share the words to one of those, and prayers that your 2016 will be filled with love and laughter, adventure and rest, and an even deeper awareness of God’s love and presence.


Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be, In working or in waiting, Another year with Thee. Another year of leaning Upon Thy loving breast, Another year of trusting, Of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of mercies, Of faithfulness and grace; Another year of gladness In the shining of Thy face. Another year of progress, Another year of praise, Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

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.



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