Ending the Year with a Prayer

The year that’s about to finish has been, as is always the case, something of a mixed-bag for the people of our church family. For many, 2020 has been marked by heartache and heaviness. For others, the year has been one of inconvenience and irritation. For still others, the past twelve months have brought successes and peace.

No matter the type of year to which you’re now saying “goodbye,” the below prayer is, I think, appropriate. Taken from The Valley of Vision, may this puritan prayer serve as a worship-provoking, gratitude-inducing, praise-exciting punctuation mark on the end of the sentence that was the year 2020.

A Prayer for Year’s End

O Love beyond Compare,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.

Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.

Thy goodness has been with me another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.

I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.