Good Monday Morning to this last day of 2018
and to this first week of 2019, about to begin!
A few prayers to this day of transition and to start a Happy New Year!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23
Remember us, O God
from age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless us your children at the turning of the year
and fill the months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of your Kingdom
You are our God, living and reigning, forever and ever.
It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken. St. Francis Xavier. (1506-1552 Missionary of the Portuguese empire)
In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.
In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.
In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.
In the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. Billy Graham
Prayer is powerful, it fills the earth with mercy, it makes the Divine compassion pass from generation to generation, right along the course of the centuries, wonderful works have been achieved through prayer. St. Francis Xavier
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen. St. Francis of Assisi
May Adonai bless you and keep you.
May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.
May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace. (Num. 6.24-26)
Happy New Year