A Prayer for the New Year

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Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that You enjoyed Christmas festivities this year. I trust that You managed time to put Your feet up. I hope the coming year is a good and healthy one for You and Your family.

The twenties started badly. Coronavirus has killed too many. Still, We should not be despondent. Just remember that where there is darkness, there is always light. Darkness cannot exist without light. As the new decade began, millions scribed positive resolution lists, families reunited, new jobs started and new plans were made. They can still be implemented. There is always an excitement to the start of a new year. Maybe the decade we held out so much hope for can begin properly in 2021.

Look around You. What is there that You can do to make the world a better place and to live out the lessons of Christianity? Is there a homeless shelter where You can assist? Perhaps a veterans’ centre? Are there lonely people nearby who could do with a weekly cuppa or get invited to Sunday lunch? Can You be kinder?

Just as many set out this morning for a run to beat the gut-busting meals that have accumulated around their waists these last days, what measures are they taking to improve their spiritual health? We are blessed in this country by so many beautiful, old churches – You do not need to attend a service to sit in one at peace and feel as one with God.

I wish You all well for 2021. I pray for You and Your families. God Bless You All. Have a peaceful Sunday and a lovely week to come.

Dear Lord,

We pray for a positive new year to come for our families and loved ones; for our friends and neighbours; for the peoples of the earth. We pray that there will be peace and not war. We pray that the scientists combat Coronavirus to reduce it to nothing. We pray that these years go down in History as years of importance for progress; fighting homelessness; fighting poverty; educating the masses. We pray too for our souls; for churchgoers and those whose spiritual ground is barren. Let us come together and build a wonderful world full of cooperation and delight. We ask this in Your Name Lord Jesus. 

Amen