Below is part of a devotional I received at the bottom of a forwarded e-mail. I thought it summed things up nicely- a way to spiritually wrap up the past year and move forward. Though the words were penned long ago, they are just as applicable today:
Smith, "Marvelous Mercy!" 1862)
The following is an excerpt from the diary of James Smith:
now, Lord, I desire to confess before you the sins of this past year:
have sinned with my tongue--and with my temper.
I have sinned in my heart--and in my life.
I have omitted duties.
I have committed sins.
My motives have often been impure.
My aims have not been sufficiently high and holy.
I have been impatient, fretful, irritable, rash, jealous, envious,
discontented, and ungrateful.
O may the blood of Jesus wash out every stain!
I renounce all hope--but what centers in Jesus!
I have no refuge, no hiding-place, no strong tower, no place of safety--but
Christ in His person,
Christ in His finished work,
Christ in His glorious intercession--
is all my hope, all my confidence, all my joy!
I am His servant--and wish to serve Him alone.
I am His subject--and wish to be ruled by Him alone.
I am His purchased property--and wish to be consecrated entirely,
eternally, and altogether to Him