To break a new day.
A new year, it appears
Out of nowhere, creeps in silently.
Although I knew of its coming,
Humming, I was, and busy with life.
"Last year", I say
Of memories sweet, or bitter.
Makes no difference, really,
For that time, brief as it was,
Burst into flame, burned fully,
Is forever gone.
"Next year", you say,
When laying plans, or dreams
Or putting off what could be done NOW.
Children wept from hunger, thirst, cold.
If they survive, they grow older,
Hopeless, disillusioned, angry.
Creatures wandered lost, forgotten, endangered.
If they remain, they tread lightly
In a world that values them less.
We each have only NOW,
This New Year - day, moment, breath
To begin again - fresh, clean, clear.
To do whatever we can
To improve the world, help another,
To mother, move over a bit and share,
Simply savor this life.
We have been given
A new beginning
And dawn waits
The unfailing love of the LORD never ends!
By his mercies we have been kept
from complete destruction.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each day.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!"