Engaging 2021 with a Faithful Heart. The 2021st Year of Our Lord invites us to engage each day with a faithful heart. As we journey through the COVID-19 pandemic and countless disparities, divisions, and injustices throughout the human family, all while surrounded by God’s grace and abundance at every turn, faithful hearts are bound to make all things well. In this particular new year, I am reminded of the poem “Through The Coming Year” by the Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981) and plan to keep it handy alongside the many inevitable trials and tribulations of the earthly life. May you too find encouragement, vowing “Grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart.”
“Through The Coming Year” Howard Thurman (1899-1981), Meditations of the Heart (1953)
Grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart. There will be much to test me and to make weak my strength before the year ends. In my confusion I shall often say the word that is not true and do the thing of which I am ashamed. There will be errors of the mind and great inaccuracies of judgement which shall render me the victim of my own stupidities. In seeking the light, I shall again and again find myself walking in darkness. I shall mistake my light for Thy light and I shall shrink from the responsibility of the choice I make. All of these things, and more, will be true for me because I have not yet learned how to keep my hand in Thy hand. Nevertheless, grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart. May I never give the approval of my heart to error, to falseness, to weakness, to vainglory, to sin. Though my days be marked with failures, stumblings, fallings, let my spirit be free so that Thou mayest take it and redeem my moments in all the ways my needs reveal. Give me the quiet assurance of Thy Love and Thy Presence. Grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart.
- The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector