Friday, January 1, 2021


Happy 2021!

And off we go,
Prayer by prayer

From this year's threshold as we wonder what 'landscape' 2021 waits to unfold, this:

But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of 
is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 
 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it 
from the beginning of the year to its end.

Where nothing new under the sun waits to stun us with age-old ways 
Where we dust off resolutions and vow to give God greater praise 
Where we wonder at what will be just like we did a year ago 
Before what at the first was hid but now joins Past’s vast picture-show 

The threshold of the New is clean, where what has been greets what will be 
Across time’s stage many a scene waits at the gates of history 
Where what we do with what God grants will become part of a collage 
That soon will join the soldered ranks of dreamlike echo-decoupage 

Where we are at the mercy of far more than measures of a clock 
Where still, the greatest of these, Love, will be a trusty building block 
Where, tick by tock, already the lock to what waits to be has sprung 
Where we stand on the threshold of Mercy renewed to old and young 

Where, from its portal prayers take flight, from mortal to Immortal, oh 
Where none would be fit for the fight but for God’s grace whereby we go 
Where His power and discipline are meted, not in a lump sum 
But as we need it, where He leads through in-betweens of The Outcome 

Where buttercups and upsy-daisy will still spill their grin and groan 
Where people will still drive us crazy and work wear us to the bone 
Where God will never forsake-forget each and every one of us 
Where both Time’s needle and its thread run through Mercy’s Perfect Because 

Where we can fret and fuss and worry, but what good does it achieve 
Dear God above, help us to love You enough to trust and believe 
Then when this year (or perhaps this life) ends, who knows The unknown-ness 
We can look back, as awe runs rife, at Mercy’s Perfect Faithfulness 

© Janet Martin 

Whispering Hope-Daniel O'Donnell and Mary Duff


  1. "Where we dust off resolutions and vow to give God greater praise" - yes!
    Happy 1st day of 2021!

    1. Thank-you Sasha! If all else fails, never God so we can face 2021 with hope and confidence! Blessings to you on this first day!


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