Standing at the Portal

A Hymn for the New Year

Standing at the portal
Of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us,
Hushing every fear;
Spoken through the silence
By our Father’s voice,
Tender, strong, and faithful,
Making us rejoice.
Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His word shall never,
Never pass away.

“I, the Lord, am with thee,
Be thou not afraid;
I will help and strengthen,
Be thou not dismayed.
Yea, I will uphold thee
With My own right hand;
Thou art called and chosen
In My sight to stand.”
Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His word shall never,
Never pass away.

For the year before us,
O what rich supplies!
For the poor and needy
Living streams shall rise;
For the sad and sinful
Shall His grace abound;
For the faint and feeble
Perfect strength be found.
Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His word shall never,
Never pass away.

He will never fail us,
He will not forsake:
His eternal covenant
He will never break.
Resting on His promise,
What have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient
For the coming year.
Onward, then, and fear not,
Children of the day;
For His word shall never,
Never pass away. – Frances R. Havergal, via Hymnary.com (second stanza paraphrases Isaiah 41:9-10)

Whatever doors are opening or closing for you this coming year, we pray that you would follow our Savior with courage and hope. – ESN Staff

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