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A New Years Poem for 2023

This photo captures the rising sun, signaling a new dawn! It was taken early in the morning at Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

Enjoy my poetry, writings from my new book, and scripture below for New Years 2023, with hope it will shine a bright light of encouragement for the new year ahead.


An excerpt from the book, Outside the Gate by June Smith (2022)

"For me, life began on my sixteenth birthday

That was the day I was released from

The Grandview School for Girls

No money, no job, no family.

Free in Toronto.

I would survive on my wits alone

A New Year for me

I was free!



A poem by June Smith (2022)

Dancing to the music of our salvation

This is the song of celebration

This is the music of the Great Romance

Angelic music creates the dance

Let the trees of the forest dance for joy

Our Redeemer lives for evermore

Glorious symphony the angels sing

Ushering the New Year in

Looking back on the path we have trod

Leaning into the promise of God

Promises given

Promises kept

While the world lay sleeping

He never slept

Times of silence

Times of reflection

Times of joy and celebration

This is a sacred symphony

Overwhelmed with his glory visiting me

Dancing before Jesus my Lord

Glory is coming to the world

Breaking news we proclaim

Jesus Christ is coming again

He is coming to restore the earth

Man of Justice

Man of Truth

In the light of this new dawn

Glory sings redemption's song

Dancing to the music of our salvation

This is the song of celebration

This is the song of the Great Romance

Come and join me in the dance

Glorious Symphony the angels sing

Ushering the New Year in.


Scripture from the book of Revelation:

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth

For the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared

And the sea was gone.

And I saw the holy city

The New Jerusalem,

Coming down from God out of heaven

Like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying

"Look, God's home is now among his people!

God himself will be with them.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,

And there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain

All those things are gone forever.

And the one sitting on the throne said,

"Look, I am making everything new!"


Wishing you all the best in the brand new year ahead!

If you enjoy my writings and poetry, you can learn more about my new book about my childhood as an orphan in Canada called Outside the Gate that's now available for purchase at


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