Take up the cross, and follow Me. Mark 10:21
With Thee, O Lord, begins the year,
With Thee, and with Thy sufferings here;
Thine own example makes it plain,
We too must suffer e’er we reign.
By giving up our will and way,
By self denial every day,
O help us thus to spend this year
And all the time Thou giv’st us here!
Thy way at first seems hard and rough;
Its end is joy and peace enough:
The land where days and years are o’er
And change and grief come nevermore.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!