The New Year shines ahead of us
And the old year’s gone faster than most.
We hope good days lie before us
And the past will soon be toast.
The old year has taught us lessons.
We’ve survived hardship and pain.
We’ve learned to endure the darkness
And hide our tears in the rain.
We’ve lived through the sting of betrayal.
We’ve faced death by disease day by day.
We’ve grieved the losses we’ve suffered,
And we’ve learned when to walk away.
There is hope in a new tomorrow,
And a chance to make things right.
All we need is to love each other
And seek God’s holy light.
We can learn to trust our neighbor
And give straight from the heart.
We can learn to accept each other’s
Differences from the start.
We need to focus on living
Each moment one by one
And count our many blessings
When each day is done.