Another Year Is Dawning

In January of 1874, the many friends of Frances R. Havergal
received a New Year's greeting with the heading,
"A Happy New Year! Ever Such May It Be!"
Following this greeting appeared her text,
still considered to be one of the finest New Year's prayers
of consecration ever written. . .

Another year is dawning! Dear Father, let it be,
in working or in waiting, another year with Thee;
another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace;
another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
another year of progress, another year of praise,
another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love;
another year of training for holier work above.
Another year of dawning! Dear Father, let it be,
on earth, or else in heaven, another year for Thee.

Frances R. Havergal was known throughout England as "the consecration poet."
It was said of her that she always lived her words before she wrote them.
Her life was one of constant and complete commitment to God.
Dear Frances - an accomplished pianist and vocalist,
proficient in seven languages, possessing a keen mind
{having memorized Psalms, Isaiah, the Minor Prophets, and the entire New Testament}-
dedicated her talents to serving God and others during the New Year.
{ Information from Amazing Grace by Kenneth W. Osbeck }

May that be our challenge for this New Year as well!

I with Thee would begin, O my Savior so dear,
on the way that I still must pursue;
I with Thee would begin every day granted here,
as my earnest resolve I renew-
To be and remain Thine forever.
- From the Swedish -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends!


Linda said...

Beautiful Stephanie. A happy Sunday to you. Blessings

Linda Walker said...

Yes, Stephanie. Beautiful as always! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Debbie said...

I am always so happy for people who have such a deep faith. for the hope, promise and comfort it brings to them. my faith is very different but I always enjoy learning about yours!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Poetry, nature, GOD? How much better can one spend an easy Sunday morning? We are here, hunkered down in our sweet cottage, reading poetry, looking out our window hoping to see a bunny hop past, and rejoicing. What a gorgeous post today, Stephanie! God's will be in your heart! Anita

Janneke said...

A wonderful New Year's prayer Stephanie, I love reading this poetry on a nice Sunny Sunday.

Vicky Hunt said...

I have never heard this before but it is absolutely beautiful, And the photos of the sweet deer are just precious! Have a blessed Sunday Stephanie!'

Hugs, Vicky

Sola Scriptura said...

Psalm 90:12 came to my mind just yesterday :) Your pictures are beautiful and the this post has really blessed me today, thank you!

Debbie Harris said...

Such a joy this Sunday morning in the reading of this lovely post, Stephanie.
This was a beautiful prayer, one that I shall hide in my heart. :-)
You share some wonderful words with us from others, thank you!
Your photos are delightful! Were those deer right in your yard?

Thank you for yet another lovely Sunday post full of encouragement.

I love you, Mom

mamasmercantile said...

A truly beautiful post, with beautiful pictures. Blessings to you too.

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful post!

Dee said...

I enjoyed this post so much and it was perfect for the start of a new year. I hope you are enjoying your weekend... :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem, and the photos are awesome. "...another year for Thee" is what it's all about, one day at a time with Him.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, Such a beautiful new year prayer. Love the photos. Yes, each day is a joy in the new year and another year for Thee. Blessings to you for a special first week of January.

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie! Love the thoughtfulness in prayer, and what an amazing thing to memorize so many books of the Bible!
Happy Lord's Day to you!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Stephanie, beautiful words and so are your photos of those sweet deer. Good shots. Happy Weekend..Judy

Vee said...

Wonderful words, Wonderful woman behind them, Wonderful God over all... Thank you for the back story...I did not know it.

Sherri B. said...

Dear Stephanie, those sweet words so blessed my heart. I will print them out and say them daily, thank you for giving us a great start with our hearts headed in the right direction.
A very Happy New Year to you and your precious family! Big loves and hugs.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I've not heard that poem before. Oh such a true and inspiring prayer!

Ceil said...

Hi Stephanie! I really enjoyed this poem, it's almost like a song. And to think that she lived her words before writing them? That is the mark of a very dedicated and joyful follower of Christ. Thank you for sharing this with us! I hope my new year will be filled with the same sentiments described so beautifully here!
Blessings to you and yours :)

Anonymous said...

May His Will always be our guide! Thank you for sharing Stephanie :0) mari

Pamela said...

Oh what a beautiful poem for the new year. One of my favorite songs of her's is "Take My Life and Let It Be." The consecration poet. I want to be consecrated to God, too. ~Pamela

Buttercup said...

Lovely! Another year of friendship and Grace from above. Take good care, sweet Stephanie.

Anonymous said...

blessings stephanie and a joyful year for you and your family...loves soray

Robyn said...

I love this poem, Stephanie, as it motivates us to reach for more within ourselves each day. Your beautiful pictures and words will stay in my heart. Hope your week is wonderful, sweet friend. Love and hugs to you

Kerin said...

Truly a sweet post.
Thank you for sharing the sweet poem/prayer.
Such encouraging words to start us off on a new year.

May this year be filled with health, happiness, and blessings for you and yours.


Unknown said...

I am so glad that I found your blog through the comment that you left on my blog. You have a lovely blog, and I know I will enjoy visiting here often.
God bless.
So Much At Home

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful post! The deer photos are so sweet. :)

Sandra said...

We sang this hymn yesterday morning at church so it was lovely to come here and read about the writer of these beautiful words. Thanks Stephanie for sharing!

Debby Ray said...

A beautiful post to start the new year out with! I'm not sure I was ever familiar with the hymn but the words are truly what I want for myself for this new year too! The photos of the deer are just stunning! Were they in your yard?

Nina said...

A lovely message, Stephanie! "Your will to know" - the thought on your last photo - is wonderful and a wish from the heart!
Blessings to your week,

Unknown said...

Beautiful post Stephanie!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Happy New Year to you and yours.

God bless.

donna said...

Such a sweet post Stephanie,

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

A beautiful poem and I love your deer photos. She truly was an amazing woman to be able to memorize all of that!

God's Grace Overflows said...

I love your deer photos, Stephanie!! My boys will love these. Beautiful post too! I hope you had a wonderful New Year!
Ours was wonderfully busy with family here. It was so nice and so precious to see everyone. Now, we are all sick (but my hubby) and on medicine to get better quickly, I hope. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful week and I will chat a bit later!


janice15 said...

A lovely post and prayer I enjoyed it very much thank you for sharing it. adorable photos as well.. I'm hoping your New Year is off to a great start.. with love Janice

Conniecrafter said...

What a wonderful, uplifting and perfect New Years greeting for her friends to receive and is still perfect for today! Thanks for sharing it with us too, such sweet pictures :)

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful post!

Red Rose Alley said...

These deer pictures are precious. I truly think there is something very special about the deer. The new year prayer sounds peaceful, and certainly what we all need to start the new year off.

Many happy days to you in the new year, dear Stephanie.


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a wonderful collection of New Year's poems! So inspiring!

Laura Lane said...

Sounds like you're beginning your new year right.
Please drop by!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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