Monday, December 30, 2013

"Facing the New Year" by Rev. Joseph C. Booth (1924)

Facing the New Year.


        1. Man's Need of Guidance.

        "Show me Thy ways, O Lord, teach me Thy paths."—Ps. xxv., 4. "Lead me, O Lord, in Thy righteousness, make Thy ways straight before my Face"—Ps. v., 8.

        God's Attitude.

        "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with Mine Eye."—Ps. xxxii, 8.

        3. The Outcome.

        "So He bringeth them unto their desired haven."—Ps. cvii, 30.

        As Nineteen-twenty-four fades from our view,

        With confidence we face the bright New Year;

        The Pilot's at the wheel, the air is clear;

The Chart's infallible, the compass true:

"All's well!"—the sea is calm, the sky is blue!

        With God at hand, no piracy we fear,

        Nor fogs, nor rocks, nor storms that may appear—

Assured of reaching Port when we are due.

With such a Faith, God's hosts from exile came,

        The martyrs bled, our Fathers crossed the sea;

And we, their offspring, steadfastly proclaim

        Our faith in God for guidance yet to me;

This is our hope for Nineteen-twenty-five,

And Faith the flame that keeps that Hope alive!

Troy Times. December 31, 1924: 16 col 2.

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