New Year

Renewing the Covenant with God

Renewing the Covenant with God

The new year is upon us. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They are quickly forgotten.

Each year, I renew my covenant with God. With each new beginning, I take comfort in the words from “A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition” (UMH #607). These words, this sentiment, are true to the heart of resolutions and renewal.


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.

These words carry different meanings each year I read them and renew my faith. Each year we grow and change. Our faith walk may carry us on to a different path. We encounter Jesus daily in different ways, through different people. Each one of us is at one time each line of this prayer.

Heavenly Father, as we move into another year, continue to be all that we need. Let us see your son in every face we meet. Remind us to share all that we are and all that we have.

We have experienced the birth of our savior. It is time, like the shepherds, to share the good news, to travel in faith like the magi, and to treasure up all these things and ponder them in our hearts like Mary.

Shannon Priddy is president of United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 12/27/2018 12:00:00 AM

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Advent 2018

December 2: First Sunday of Advent
December 9: Second Sunday of Advent
December 16: Third Sunday of Advent
December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24: Christmas Eve
December 31: New Year's Eve

Many of this year’s Advent devotions were written by Native American women, reflecting United Methodist Women's principles of inclusion, multiculturalism and equity.

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