We have made it to the New Year – 2019!
As the New Year begins, like a blossom with petals slowly unfolding to reveal the beauty within, may the Lord let it be a year filled with things that are truly good. May we pray to find comfort and warmth in our relationships. May we find the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others when we find ourselves in need. As you make your resolutions for the New Year, go forward with great hope that all things can be possible through Him.
January is named after a Roman God, Janus, who had two faces: One so that he could look forward to the future and one to look back at the past. As 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, we could all be a little like Janus. We all know through experience the things we did wrong and things we would like to change in the new year. Use the experience of Janus and make changes in the new year to right the wrongs from the old year. Be more kind, be more helpful, share your faith and just be there for your neighbor. I leave you with a prayer for the New Year:
May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel ANY path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
And by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
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