The Old Year

The Old Year

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Born in London in 1827, Catherine Winkworth lived most of her life in England. The notable exception was a year she spent in Dresden, Germany, where she lived with her father.

During that time, she mastered German and became familiar with many German-language hymns and traditions. As a by-product, she helped bring the German choral tradition to the English-speaking world more than any other person did. In addition, she translated many German hymns into English.

One of those hymns was originally written in 1588 by Johann Steuerlein. In Winkworth’s English translation, it is “The Old Year Now hath Passed Away.”

This hymn encourages us to remember that God is faithful through the years. He has kept us “when danger and distress were near.” Many Old Testament passages also remind us of how much the Lord has helped His people. Looking back, we see how easily we can fall into sin and need to depend upon God.

Winkworth prayed, “Abide with us and keep us free from errors, following only Thee.” We must remember that we need Him every day. “Oh, help us to forsake all sin, a new and holier course begin! Mark not what once was done amiss; a happier, better year be this.”

Today, pause to consider all that God has done for you. Thank Him for all He has done for you. Remember, you can trust Him for the coming year. Worship Him! Praise Him!