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Bread for the Journey



(Photo Credit : Lovella Schellenberg) 


This is the first Sunday of 2018. We have the reflections of the year gone by to see where God was with us through the joys and the sorrow. We already know how this year began, but we do not know it's end. Thankfully we have the assurance of God's faithfulness and love through it all, whatever may be. May we go forward in anticipation with the joy and hope of the Lord as our daily companion. 

Psalm 117:2
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!

A NEW YEAR 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 shadow;
Not by making your life always pleasant, 
But by showing you when people need you most, 
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
Amen
(Author Unknown)

God's love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.



3 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful prayer for the New Year! Thanks!!

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  2. This was so needed for me right now. 2017 brought a lot of hardship and sorrow and it was not always easy to remember that God does not promise to take away our problems but to help us through them.

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  3. This is so beautiful and must be shared. I have made several copies, one to frame for myself and others for my children. This prayer reminds us of the gifts from God that we are freely given and in turn must give to others. A very beautiful photo too. Thank-you! Ellen

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