I post this poem every year because I post it every year. I do bid thee welcome, new year - because God is already there. He already inhabits every moment of every day of 2022 - none of it new or surprising to Him. Because: This is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever. (Psalm 48:14 - ESV)
With mingling hope and trust and fear
I bid thee welcome, untried year;
The paths before me pause to view;
Which shall I run and which pursue?
I read my fate with serious eye;
I see dear hopes and treasures fly,
Behold thee on thy opening wing
Now grief, now joy, now sorrow bring.
God grant me grace my course to run
With one blest prayer — His will be done.
~ Elizabeth Prentiss
(More Love to Thee - p. 76)