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    NEW YEAR

    Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth 

    Proverbs 27:1. 


    Come now, ye that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the next day. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away 

    James 4:13-14.


    Another year is dawning,

    Dear Father let it be,

    In working or in waiting,

    Another year with thee.

    Another year of progress,

    Another year of praise,

    Another year of proving

    Thy presence all the days.

    Another year of mercies,

    Of faithfulness and grace,

    Another year of gladness,

    The glory of thy face.

    Another year of leaning

    Upon thy loving breast,

    Another year of trusting,

    Of quiet, happy rest.

    Another year of service,

    Of witness for thy love,

    Another year of training

    For holier work above.

    Another year is dawning,

    Dear Father, let it be,

    On earth, or else in heaven,

    Another year for thee.

    Frances R. Havergal.


    Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), from the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1

    Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humble entreat Him, by His grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ's sake. [I will] remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

    Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.

    Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.

    Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

    Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.

    Resolved, Never to do anything out of revenge.

    Resolved, Never to speak evil of any one, so that it shall tend to his dishonour, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

    Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

    Resolved, Never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession which I cannot hope God will accept.

    Resolved, To ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month, and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better.

    Resolved, Never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

    Resolved, After afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them; what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

    Resolved, Always to do that which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak.

    Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1.