Infinite Consolation

After long years of ministry, the venerable Charles Simeon of Cambridge came to his deathbed. As his friends gathered about, he smiled, asking them, “Do you know the text that comforts me just now?”
“No,” they replied. “Tell us.”
“I find infinite consolation in the fact,” he said, “that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Intimate comfort in an infinite God.
Yet the creating power of God not only gives us dying comfort, but daily comfort. One night during a particularly full moon, I sat on the back porch a long time, gazing through binoculars at God’s “lesser light.” I could even detect the rough edges of mountains and jagged peaks, and I considered again the wisdom of God in designing the universe with rings and orbs, thus giving us endless opportunities for new beginnings.

The earth, being a sphere, spins on its axis. The sun, being round, provides on orbit for the earth. The result? Every 60 seconds, we have a new minute. Every 60 minutes, we have a new hour. Every 24 hours, we have a new day. And every 365 days, we have a new January 1, a new beginning.

This is why hymnist Frances Ridley Havergal so loved New Year’s Day and often devoted it to greeting her friends with special poems. At the beginning of 1874, for example, Frances, 36, printed the following poem on a specially designed greeting card and sent it out under the title “A Happy New Year! Ever such may it be!

Another year is dawning, Dear Master, let it be,
In working or in waiting, Another year for Thee.
Another year of progress, Another year of praise,
Another year of proving, Thy presence all the days.

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