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New Year Reflections

Some Reflections and prayers for the beginning of a new year – 2018

On Reflection…

We all occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of our lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

  • What’s one thing you could do this year to develop your relationship with God?
  • What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
  • What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
  • What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
  • What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
  • What habit would you most like to establish this year?
  • Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?
  • What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
  • What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
  • In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus and remind us to think and reflect on it – especially in the presence of God.

If you have found these questions helpful, you might want to put them somewhere you can review them more frequently than once a year.

There may be of course other questions that come to mind….

In Prayer…

To Start A New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

“A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.

Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.

As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance.”

Time for New Beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . Taylor Addison, Blue Mountain Arts, 1989

“This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings and the celebration of life.”

A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Dear Lord, please grace me with…
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humour;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
An awakening to the presence of God in my life;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.

A New Year’s Prayer

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.

Recipe for a Happy New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous

Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, cleanse them completely from every clinging pain; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work, hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humour.

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2018

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