New Year’s Believing

cold, clear night

moon wandering low in the west

end of a day, of a month, of a year

 

in the darkness, we long for sleep

in our sleeping, we hope to awake

in our waking, we yearn for renewal

new year, new day

renewed energy, courage, hope, opportunities

 

we count planetary revolutions and orbital trajectories

hours, days, months, seasons, years, epochs

numbered by light instead of darkness

 

mercy not marking mistakes

grace given generously

promise-planted peace

faith, hope and love

 

our sleeping is a time for resurrection recharge

the light will always lighten our lives

the Lord Immanuel is with us

in every sunrise, in every new day, in every new year

in our baptism, in our singing,

in our confessing, in our communing,

in our living and in our dying and in our rising again

 

begin again, my soul

the light of the glory of God calls to you

 

By Pastor Martin Doering

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