~~~~~~~New Years, New Beginnings~~~~~~~

By Lorraine J. Anderson

Dear Lord,

As one day flows into the next,

We remark on the passage of time,

As if the division of the days and nights

Truly make a difference.

~~~Selah~~~

Yet we need the passage of time,

To let us know where we are.

And while today may be the same as yesterday,

Months and years bring changes.

~~~Selah~~~

A baby grows to a child, an adult grows old,

Yet it is only in contrast that we notice the change,

Like following a trickle to a stream to a river to the sea,

We wonder how the trickle grew so big.

~~~Selah~~~

Life is slow, yet life is fast,

We wait impatiently for the next change,

And the next year comes before we know it.

Yet tomorrow comes slowly.

~~~Selah~~~

You are the only true constant, oh Lord,

Give us the wisdom not to waste time,

The patience to wait on You,

And guidance to help and love our neighbors.

~~~Selah~~~

~~~~~~~~Amen~~~~~~~~