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Welcoming a New Year




A new year stands on my doorstep

ready to enter my life's journey.


something in me welcomes this visitor:

the swiftness of the coming

the boldness of the entrance

the challenge of a year's good-bye.


something in me fears this visitor:

the unnamed events of future days

the wisdom needed to walk love well

the demands of giving away and growing


a new year stands on my doorstep.

with fragile caution I move

to open the door for its entrance.

my heart leaps with surprise,


joy jumps in my eyes,

for there beside this brand-new year

stands my God with outstretched hand!

He smiles and gently asks of me:

can we walk this year together?


and I, so overwhelmed with goodness,

can barley whisper my reply:


welcome in!


Copyright Joyce Rupp


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