Look to the New

Written by the Reverend Woody Brown

Long ago an old prayer spoke to me in saying,

O Lord,
We have only one back, help us turn it toward the past.
We have only one face, help us turn it toward the future.

Surely, the past year contained so many different experiences for us. There were times of great joy and celebration. Take a few moments to remember the joys of the past year.

 As we remember the good, we also recall the times of hardship and loss. Since we are connected to friends and family, their struggles become our struggles. Being connected to others means that we walk with them throughout all of life – during the easy and the difficult. I encourage you to remember the difficult times. However, do not let past events rob you today’s joys and opportunities.

 The following poem helps put a healthy outlook for the new year into words.

 The Old Year

The old year is worn and tired.
Time now to kiss it goodbye.
Take with you its wisdom
– the authority and the power of all you have learned.
Remember the past year with love,
but let go of its despair.
Live the year that lies ahead
with fresh energy and hope.
Be strong, have courage.
It is time now for something new!

As we move into 2019,

  • I am thankful for First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, A Heart for the City.

  • I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and lead this great church.

  • I am thankful for the warmth and generosity of this congregation.

  • I am thankful for the talent and commitment among this staff.

  • I am thankful for God’s presence in and through the life of the church.

  • I am thankful for your friendship, love and devotion.

It is now time for something new! Thanks be to God. Amen.

Woody Brown
Interim Sr. Pastor


Woody Brown is the Interim Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Woody has served the Presbyterian Church for 30 years. He has served in pastoral ministry in urban, sub-urban, and rural areas. His passion in ministry is serving and leading the people of God. Most recently, Woody served as the senior pastor of the Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.