Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New…


 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.  2 Corinthians 8:9

As 2013 comes to an end and the curtain drops, I suspect many of you feel a little disappointed with how things have gone in our country. We can be thankful that God is good and He is a God of second chances and new beginnings.

Years and years ago, I won’t say how many, I recited the first verse of the poem, “Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New” in a PTA meeting for our New Year’s program at school.

Although I didn’t know at the time, it was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1850 and is a song that is sung to the tune of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”  The music is by Wal­tham (Cal­kin), John B. Cal­kin, 1872. I still think of the words almost every New Year. As we welcome in 2014, I hope some of the sites below will help you have a Happy New Year and a successful 2014!

If you are interested in praying with others,  visit Commit 2Pray. It is a web-site dedicated to praying for our country.

If you are a woman, and  would like to join other women in praying for America, praying for revival, you might want to visit Women’s Prayer International.  It seems to be a sound, Biblical Christian web-site dedicated to this cause.

Finding someone to help usually helps the giver more than the receiver, “It is more blessed to give than to receive…” Visit several charity organizations and find the one that feels right for you. I know most people have their own, but here are two I think are worthy:   Samaritan’s Purse, Rahab’s Rope,

If you are looking for help on your web-site or just wallpaper and resolutions try visiting Happy New Year 2014.

Let our prayer for 2014 be: Peace on earth, good will to men.  So beautiful!

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife,
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweet manners, purer laws.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.


About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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