TITLE: New Year's Eve
By Helen Murray
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New Year’s Eve.
Five minutes to midnight.
December the thirty first,
Five minutes to a brand new year –
To a brave new world at last.
Sweet Jesus, you’ve been with me.
Sweet Jesus you’ll be with me again.
And everything is boldly, wonderfully new
When I walk the world with You.
You are always full of surprises.
Delight is with me everywhere.
I always eagerly exclaim “What’s new?”
And then, I find it’s really You.
Every problem that I tackle
You are walking by my side.
Every solution unexpected,
A miracle in its own right!
Every person that I talk to
Is one You love, for whom You died.
So every person is a miracle,
A treasure whom You value with your Life.
This year let me consider other people
And treasure each one as You do.
Let me lose my soul in loving others,
For in loving them I’m loving You.
Father, let me love the one that wanders
Into error and the horrid consequence,
Let me be the one perceiving their great heartache,
And gently tending need and distress.
Let me kindly reach the lonely and the fearful
With words of hope and overcoming power.
May I show that you’ve not only sensed their suffering,
But strengthened them with joy this very hour.
Bring me people who are looking for a pasture
With some feed that satisfies a hungry soul.
Help me plant them where the living waters tremble
That they might wet their feet –
Nay, dive in deep,
And learn to swim as their trysts they keep
With Jesus whose love makes us whole!
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