It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

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.


peggy said...

I love the poem, I hope you post it every year! Happy Sunday Pam

betty said...

I love the concept of the work of Christmas; hadn't thought or heard of it before and that poem pretty much does sum it up indeed! I also thank you Ma about sharing that about what we have in our life we don't want to stop talking about it. I've been stewing about my job situation for a bit, getting frustrated and upset about it and talking way too much about it. I think I'll start focusing on something wonderful instead!! Thanks for that great advice!

may it be a great day for you!


Buttercup said...

I am working every day at not putting the focus on the negatives in life. It's a constant struggle, but so worth it. Wishes for a great week.

jack69 said...

SWEET, The Work of Christmas, gotta remember that.
Thanks Nice down here today in the 80's with a nice breeze.
Florida is not like that all the time. ((HUGS))

Rose said...

Wonderful poem to bring on the New Year!

Chatty Crone said...

I liked this today - it is true we always put things off - saying we are going to do them some time. But like you said - "Always remembering that peace begins with me". sandie