I just wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very blessed and joy-filled new year!!! May we all grow in the love, grace and wisdom of our God as we journey into this new year and into a new decade.
My prayer for myself, as well as for you, is expressed in this beautiful prayer written by Vinita Hampton Wright:
God of all time, help us enter the new year quietly,
thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others,
mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life, help us enter the new year reverently,
aware that you have endowed every creature and plant,
every person and habitat with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honour rather than destroy.
Lover of all souls, help us enter the new year joyfully,
willing to laugh and dance and dream,
remembering our many gifts with thanks
and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love.
In this new year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now and in the days ahead.