Pilgrim Hesitates at New Year’s Door

A New Year’s skit in verse


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(Standing by a door as Pilgrim approaches)

I’ve turned the hourglass three sixty-five1 times twenty-four.
      Oh! A pilgrim has stopped, and trembles by my door.
Why pause, Pilgrim? Travel on to God’s next year!
      He beckons you. There’s nothing to fear!


It’s too dark, Timekeeper! The unknown I dread.
      Please loan me a light, so I’ll see where to tread.


Take Jesus’ hand, not a light that I’d provide
      You can’t see ahead, but Christ is your Guide.


If I reach next year’s end, and your light I should lack,
      What will I see if I turn to look back?


You’re not to fret over how you will fare.
      Tomorrow depends on today’s faithful prayer.



You’ve stirred my weak faith and hope that’s sublime
      I’ll walk on with Jesus, one step at a time.

(Step through the door.)



What might happen if God revealed to people all that would happen to them during next year?

How does God help believers have patience and not fret over the future?

Ask people to relate briefly events that happened last year that brought them or their family closer to Christ.

1Leap year: three sixty-six




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