This past week, Brian and I took a few moments to pray through the “Year’s End” prayer in The Valley of Vision (p. 204). Then I prayed the “New Year” prayer in my morning devotions (p. 206). As I reviewed the events of this past year I was freshly overwhelmed with gratitude to God for His underserved goodness this past year.
God’s past faithfulness gives me hope for this New Year. “I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year…” the prayer reads, “with thee, O Father, as my harbour, thee O Son, at my helm, thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.”
I don’t know what this year holds. It may be a test of prosperity, like the one before. Or it may be a year of suffering and difficulty. Even now I think of friends who are in the midst of heart-wrenching trials. The coming year truly is a river of “unknown waters.” And yet, as I embark on this brand new, unexplored year, I know that I am not alone. I am with God. Comfort, peace, and joy are mine!
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20