New Year’s Wishes

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In thinking about the new year, I am reminded of a poem I read recently.  In it Frances Ridley Havergal offers what should be our wishes for each other for the coming year.  With all of the possible resolutions that could be made to adjust my life to something greater that I desire, may I (and you) be ever satisfied by the presence of Christ in our lives.

 

What shall I wish thee?
Treasures of earth?
Songs in the springtime,
Pleasures and mirth?
Flowers on thy pathway,
Skies ever clear?
Would this ensure thee
A Happy New Year?

What shall I wish thee?
What can be found
Bringing thee sunshine
All the year round?
Where is the treasure,
Lasting and dear,
That shall ensure thee
A Happy New Year?

Faith that increaseth,
Walking in light;
Hope that aboundeth,
Happy and bright;
Love that is perfect,
Casting out fear;
These shall ensure thee
A Happy New Year.

Peace in the Savior,
Rest at His feet,
Smile of His countenance
Radiant and sweet,
Joy in His presence!
Christ ever near!
This will ensure thee
A Happy New Year!

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