“How would you live your life if you were completely free of fear?” It’s a question worth pondering at the start of a new year. We’ve prepared a collection of hymns and songs for you offering inspiration for overcoming fear. And here’s a poem written by 19th-century author, Mary Baker Eddy, written as a prayer at the outset of a new year as America was rebuilding after the Civil War and she was taking her first steps as a spiritual healer.
Father of every age,
Of every rolling sphere,
Help us to write a deathless page
Of truth, this dawning year!
Help us to humbly bow
To Thy all-wise behest —
Whate'er the gift of joy or woe,
Knowing Thou knowest best.
Aid our poor soul to sing
Above the tempest's glee;
Give us the eagle's fearless wing,
The dove's to soar to Thee!
All-merciful and good,
Hover the homeless heart!
Give us this day our daily food
In knowing what Thou art!
- Mary Baker Eddy, Swampscott, Mass., January 1, 1868