A New Year. A Fresh Start.

For many years my friend and mentor the late Paul Andrews read this poem every first Sunday of the new year.

I adopted the practice. And for at least the last 20+ years have read it wherever I preached.

I don’t know the author. Variations of this poem have been attributed to different authors.

It’s a simple little piece. But it packs a powerful message. I hope you like it.

I came to my teacher with a quivering lip,
My task undone,
“Teacher, hast thou another page for me?
I have spoiled this one.”

He took the old page,
Stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one,
Clean and unspotted.

And into my sad face smiled…
“Do better next time my child.”

I came to the throne with trembling heart,
The old year gone.
“Lord hast Thou another chance for me?
I have spoiled this one.”

He took the old year,
Stained and blotted,
And gave me a new one,
Clean and unspotted.

And into my glad face smiled…
“Do better next time my child.

Happy New Year, everyone!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “A New Year. A Fresh Start.

  1. Peggy Hobbs

    Ken, this little poem has so much meaning and we should all make the commitment to do better this year! Thanks and hope you and Norma Jean have a wonderful New Year.

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  2. Sue Young

    Happy New Year to you and Norma Jean!🧨

    Sent from my iPad

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