A new year

Ages pass by – earth’s treasures all decay;
all Christ’s creation longs to see his day;
but constantly the eye of faith can see
your plan unfolds, O holy Trinity.

I do not know what way before me lies;
but this I know, my God is wholly wise;
each one Christ bought is precious in His plan:
the peace of God can be enjoyed by man!

Faith, hope and love – may these adorn me here:
God’s gifts to keep me from all fretting fear;
I’ll seek his help his Word to understand,
his will to see, obeying each command.

Trials and joys, in turn this year may bring;
I’ll leave it all to Christ, redeeming King.
I only ask he’ll watch with constant care,
and guide me by his Spirit everywhere.
Tune: 10 10 10 10

(This has been published in Praise hymn book no. 235,
and was based, loosely on a Welsh hymn,
‘Tad tragwyddoldeb, plygaf ger dy fron’ by T J Pritchard)

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