Happy New Year! Time has a way of marching on, whether we feel ready for it or not. A new year often brings about a flurry of new year’s resolutions. It’s a time when many try to drop a bad habit or pick up a good one. It’s a time where many of us cast our hopes for the future and dream of what this year might hold. For John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, the new year was a time to return to our baptismal vows. He saw the new year as a chance to remember who and whose we are, and to renew our commitment to let our faith shape our lives. As we begin a new year, I offer you John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer.
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”