Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
Amazing Grace is a hymn with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), published in 1779. With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, Amazing Grace is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.
Amazing Grace was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773. It is unknown if there was any music accompanying the verses; it may have simply been chanted by the congregation. It has been associated with more than 20 melodies, but in 1835 it was joined to a tune named New Britain to which it is most frequently sung today.
Singing Amazing Grace is a great way to start of the New Year. Making New Year resolutions is another. For years I’ve always said that I like to make my resolutions daily and not just on New Year Day. But I’m rethinking that just a little. Today I vow to keep my sense of JOY with me as I move through the year ahead.
Today I'm enjoying the beauty of the moment and making wish lists for new goals and things I’d like to achieve in 2014. By rejoicing in each new day, I can carry the beauty of life with me wherever I go, whatever I do.
Life offers me unlimited opportunities to celebrate at every turn and I want to embrace all of life with anticipation, zeal, and enthusiasm.
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
My one word for 2014 is JOY.
Remember every day may not be a good one, but there is some good in every day! Today, the first day of the year, the first day of the rest of your life,
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.