The end of a year is a time of reflection. We remember the highs and lows, the blessings and tragedies of the past while looking forward with hope to a new year. My mother sent me the words of a German hymn yesterday written by Eleonore, Princess of Reuss (1835-1903). You can read the full text in the original here. I’ve pasted a translation of the first and last verses below. I hope you like it.
Silently The Year Comes To An End
1. Silently the year comes to an end,
Be therefore still my soul.
Into God’s faithful hand
I lay my pains of old,
And ev’ry thing this year encumbered,
Griefs only my God has numbered,
The tears I long to weep,
The wounds still burning deep.
6. Help us through these troubled days
And let our hearts be strong,
Walk beside us on our ways,
Keep us from doing wrong.
And it is here below
So desolate, so alone,
O grant us in your peace
To be blessed now here at home!