It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Chapter 1, Page 6, Book 13
Prayer for the New Year
God grant us this year a wider view, so we see others' faults through the eyes of You. Teach us to judge not with hasty tongue, neither the adult ... nor the young. Give us patience and grace to endure and a stronger faith so we feel secure; and instead of remembering, help us forget the irritations that caused us to fret. Freely forgiving for some offense and finding each day a rich recompense, in offering a friendly, helping hand and trying in all ways to understand, that all of us whoever we are ... Are trying to reach an unreachable star. For the great and small ... the good and bad, the young and old ... the sad and glad, are asking today, Is life worth living? And the answer is only in loving and giving. For only Love can make mankind and Kindness of Heart brings Peace of Mind, and by giving love we can start this year to lift the clouds of hate and fear.
Helen Steiner Rice
As we leave Christmas behind, the work of everyday living begins. So I thought that this prayer might be a way to make a good start. The work of Christmas is really just beginning.
What is the work of Christmas???
This poem by Howard Thurman sums it up quite well.
When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart.
Each new year, we make resolutions, committing to be healthier, more productive and better people over all. I've learned that when we have something in our life that we don't want, we need to stop worrying about it and stop talking about it. The time we put into fighting the issue, keeps it alive. The good news is that the reverse is also true. We can choose to focus on something wonderful instead. I know that when I focus on my blessings life seems a whole lot brighter!
Life gets too busy. The world and our hearts are in a great need of peace. Just maybe this year we can focus on the work of Christmas and let go of the rest. Always remembering that peace begins with me.