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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