The final days of this year will soon be gone
Never to return save in our memories
What kind of a year has it been?
It would be good to take time to give thanks
For all that is good, all that has been edifying
And I must say that it is also good
To give thanks for all that has taken place
As we are frail human beings let us not be surprised
By mistakes made, by sins committed
How else can we grow if we never learn
If we never look back and thank God
For it could have been worse, surely
And so tonight as I ponder over the past months
Allow me to invite you to join in
We give thanks to You, O God our Father
We give thanks to You, O Saviour of us all
And we give you thanks, Wonderful Holy Spirit
Holy Trinity we praise and thank You
We count on You to be with us in the New Year, the days ahead of us. . . .
Lead us, Lord!
And thank you, dear friends, for being a part of the whole journey of faith and life and love and thanksgiving and being grateful for all things and all peoples and all of the experiences of life and so on and so forth. . . .