A poem to reflect on as we approach a new year. As we turn the page on a profoundly challenging 2020 we look toward 2021 and hope that it will be different, better, renewed. Howard Thurman’s message is that right about now we could use a new song to sing! Indeed!
I Will Sing A New Song
The old song of my spirit has wearied itself out.
It has long ago been learned by heart;
It repeats itself over and over,
Bringing no added joy to my days or lift to my spirit.
I will sing a new song.
I must learn the new song for the new needs.
I must fashion new words born of all the new growth
of my life—of my mind—of my spirit.
I must prepare for new melodies that have
never been mine before,
That all that is within me may lift my voice unto God.
Therefore, I shall rejoice with each new day
And delight my spirit in each fresh unfolding.
I will sing, this day, a new song unto the Lord.
-Howard Thurman, The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations