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A NEW YEAR

A NEW YEAR

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BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when
it is past. — Psalm xc, 4.
BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D.

A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when
it is past. — Psalm xc, 4.

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A NEW YEAR BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH, D.D. A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past. — Psalm xc, 4. r T , IME and eternity ! The one is the beautiful * porch to the great temple, the other is the magnificent temple itself, whose spaces are immeas-urable even by the imagination. In very truth we begin the eternal life with the first breath we draw in childhood. As a matter of convenience, however, we cut off a small section of eternity, just long enough to encompass our earthly life, and call it time. Dividing it into years and months and days, we are able to keep our varied experiences in mind, telling ourselves that at such a moment we suffered defeat, at such another we won the victory, and at still another some dear one came into the household to add its little voice to the do-mestic chorus, or perhaps some dear one suddenly 170
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A NEW YEAR 171 became silent and left us to wonder in what clime she is now wandering. It is a beautiful and profitable custom, this which we celebrate as the cold sun shines on each succes-sive first of January. There are seventy hillocks in the short journey of human life, and as we reach each one in turn we lay our burdens down for a short respite, gather our friends together, recall the past, forecast the future, and with kindly greetings wish each other a happy arrival at the next hillock, then take up our burdens once again and enter the valley that lies between the two elevations. It is a day of good cheer, of fraternal assembly. The air is full of happy thoughts and good wishes. The whole world is brighter for it, for heart goes out to heart, and universal sympathy lifts us for a time to a higher level. Earth is a little more comforting and heaven a little dearer.
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Some new faces have come and some of the old faces have disappeared, but love welcomes the one and faith still catches an occasional glimpse of the other. It is the day when we stop for a moment to listen to the keynote of a better life. Dissatisfied with what we have done, the soul bids us be braver, 172 HERALD SERMONS truer, and nobler. We heed the warning, and though the cares of the coming days may diminish the force of our resolution, a subtle something re-mains which points to possibilities unattained, while it reminds us of the ability to attain them. With the capacity to be great, we are still strangely small of soul, and on each New Year's Day we chide our-selves for our weakness. A sense of shame mingles with the consciousness of power, and we annually promise ourselves better things. Amid the hilarities of the hour there come to us
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