New Every Morning
Firstly I wish you a Happy New Year. We are already one month into this year and it has already been eventful. We may be wondering what it holds in store for us all!
You will all doubtless remember the hymn which we used to sing when we were (much) younger which began with this line. As we grew it became a favourite with most of us, and it still gave us much joy when we sang it as adults. “New every morning is the love our wakening and uprising prove. Through sleep and darkness safely brought; restored to life and power, and thought”. I well recall singing it at school assemblies (whatever happened to those?), and later as a choirboy, and still later as a fully fledged chorister!
Today, well into my seventies, the words of this lovely hymn are still very much on my heart and I sing them to myself on many an occasion – and even out loud when there is nobody else around!
As this is the first magazine to be published this year. New beginnings are very much on our minds, and for some folk looking back and looking forward is an annual event, taking stock and planning the coming year.
Now I do not wish to make light of this idea, but I often wonder how often we make these plans and either forget all about them or perhaps find that before the year is very old they are out of date and new plans are in place?
This is where our hymn comes into the picture. Our Lord sees us on our life’s journey one day at a time. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says “Do not worry about what you will eat or what you will wear, but be concerned about the Kingdom of God and what He requires of you, and He will provide all these things. So do not worry about tomorrow, for it will have enough worries of its own!” The hymn echoes this in the second verse: “New mercies each returning day hover around us while we pray; New perils past, new sins forgiven; New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven”. It takes us a stage further in the next verse, “If on our daily course our mind be set to hallow all we find, new treasures still, of countless price, God will provide for sacrifice”.
So instead of making resolutions and promises we may not be able to keep at the beginning of each year, my thoughts are that God is much more likely to bless and guide us forward if we commit ourselves to Him at the beginning of each new day. It enables Him to put into operation HIS plan which is achievable, and upon which HE will be able to build little by little.
Only, O Lord, in Thy Dear Love
Fit us for perfect rest above
And help us, this and every day
To live more nearly as we pray.
God Bless you in 2015.
God Bless and allow His word to teach your spirit.