January 3, 2024

The Old Year

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”—John 15:4

After spending most of her life in England, Catherine Winkworth moved to Germany. This proved to be an important transition. In this new homeland, she was exposed to many German-language hymns, translating many into English. Among other developments, more than any other person, she helped introduce the German choral tradition to the English-speaking world.

One of her most appropriate discoveries was a hymn originally written by Johann Steuerlein, a hymn Catherine found particularly moving. This became known as “The Old Year Now Hath Passed Away.”

As we consider the start of a new year, this hymn calls us to look back and realize the many ways God has blessed us. We can remember His protection and blessings in the past, how He “kept us through the year when danger and distress were near.”

This hymn also calls us to look forward, praying that Jesus would guard us “through all the ages yet to come.” He will keep us free from errors and help us follow Him. He will help us forsake sin and begin “a new and holier course.” Don’t focus on “what once was done amiss,” but make the coming year happier and better.

As you enter a new year, remember all God has done for you in the past. But also commit your future to Him. Every decision. Every event. Every relationship. Every opportunity. Moving forward, place your trust in Him.

Reflection Question: Write a prayer committing this year and your activities to the Lord.

Prayer
Father, thank You for all You have done for me this past year. I commit my future to You. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
John 15

Prayer
Father, thank You for all You have done for me this past year. I commit my future to You. I trust You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
John 15