Ringing in the New Year

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out false, ring in true.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Church bells may not be heard as much as they once were, but the words of this hymn still ring true. As I reflected on Tennyson’s words this week, I have been encouraged not to make new year’s resolutions but to focus on singing a new song to the Lord each new day of 2016.

I have asked the Lord to help me fully embrace the grace and peace that come from the very heart of God.  Also, I have prayed I would not waste my energy striving to be my best false self, but simply be the better true self God created me to be.  But more than anything, I have recognized my deepest longing to live in the light of Christ’s love even in my darkest hours.

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
~Psalm 89:1

In what ways do the words of this hymn ring true for you?
May God’s steadfast love and faithfulness be made known to us and through us in the year ahead.

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