A Prayer for the New Year

I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.

If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,

thou wilt be with me in them;

If I have to pass through tempest of persecution and temptation,

I shall not drown;

If I am to die,

I shall see thy face the sooner;

If a painful end is to be my lot,

grant me grace that my faith fail not;

If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,

I can make no stipulation;

Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,

as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.

-The Valley of Vision, “Year’s End”

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I especially cannot get that first sentence out of my head.

I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.

He, not I, holds tomorrow and the next day in his hands.

He knows the waters he’ll lead me through.

By and through his grace, may I ever be a vessel for his use.

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