Leaves of Life - December 31


  • New Year's Eve.
  • John Wycliffe died 1384.
  • Battle of Wakefield 1460.
  • Charles Marquis Cornwallis born 1738.

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,

Ring out the narrow lust of gold:

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

—Alfred Tennyson.


Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.

 —John Ruskin.


The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.

—Romans 13. 12.


My Father, as I look to the past days, I feel much of my happiness and much of my misery has come from my own choice. May I be more watchful of my standards and less wasteful of my time, and keep a poise in life that will leave a memory of well-spent days. For the year that has passed and for its blessings I thank thee. Amen.

Originally published December 31, 2018.