All Things New!
A New Year's Devotional & Habit Planner
Because he has come,
everything can change.

Saturday | December 28

ALL THINGS NEW

Come, Lord, and tarry not; Bring the long looked for day; 

O why these years of waiting here, These ages of decay?

Come, for Thy saints still wait; Daily ascends their sigh;

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come”; Does Thou not hear the cry?

 

O come and make all things new! Come and make all things new!

Build up this ruined earth. Come and make all things new.

 

Come, for creation groans, impatient of Thy stay,

Worn out with these long years of ill, these ages of delay.

Come, for love waxes cold, Its steps are faint and slow;

Faith now is lost in unbelief, Hope’s lamp burns dim and low.

 

Come and make all things new; Build up this ruined earth;

Restore our faded Paradise, Creation’s second birth.

 

Come, and begin Thy reign of everlasting peace;

Come, take the kingdom to Thyself, Great King of Righteousness.

Come, for love waxes cold, its steps are faint and slow;

Faith now is lost in unbelief, hope’s lamp burns dim and low.

 

Come and make all things new; Build up this ruined earth;

Restore our faded Paradise, creation’s second birth.

 

Come, and begin Thy reign of everlasting peace;

Come, take the kingdom to Thyself, Great King of Righteousness.

These words were written by Horatius Bonar and adapted recently to song by Red Mountain Music - they are worth a read and a listen. There is a deep longing, even an impatience, that the Lord would come in his second advent and make all things new. Read through (or listen online) to this song once or twice, and mediate and pray on one or two of the lines that move you.

 

Now, continuing from yesterday, think about being made new in the roles you listed, and continue to write a vision for the remaining roles. Consider reviewing and revising the visions you wrote yesterday. Your goal is to - like this song - articulate a yearning for how you want to be made new in that role of your life. Tomorrow, we will begin to ask more practically what would need to happen to make this vision a reality. But for this morning, keep dreaming, and write it down.

Morning Kneeling Prayer

Father, I pray that I would

enter this day as your Son

entered the world, full of love

and hope.

Amen.

Midday Kneeling Prayer

Jesus, I pray that I would be present in my work as you were present in this world, full of humility and service.

Amen.

Evening Kneeling Prayer

Holy Spirit, I pray that I would be at peace in my rest knowing that you came to bring peace to the world, and will one day bring rest to all things. Amen.

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