New Year

New Year
 
O LORD,
Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed.
                    In thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains
                    Sanctifies, aids every hour,
          That I may not be one moment apart from thee,
          But may relay on thy Spirit
                    To supply every thought,
                    Speak in every word,
                    Direct every step.
                    Prosper every work,
                    Build up every mote of faith,
                    And give me a desire
                             To show forth they praise,
                             Testify thy love,
                             Advance they kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown water of this year,
                    With thee, O Father, as my harbour,
                             Thee, O Son, at my helm.
                             Thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
                                       My lamp burning,
                                       My ear open to thy calls,
                                        My heart full of love,
                                       My soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
          Thy comforts to cheer,
          Thy wisdom to teach,
          Thy right hand to guide,
          Thy counsel to instruct,
          Thy law to judge,
          Thy presence to stabilize.
May they fear by me awe,
          Thy triumphs my joy.

        ~~ From Valley of Vision: a Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions