Thursday, January 2, 2014

A New Year's Blessing

I usually don't get too ecclesiastical, on the blog or otherwise, but my mother in law had a New Year's Eve party and read the following blessing with us during dinner.  We're less than 48 hours into 2014 and I'm already filled up with gratitude and thought I'd share these words with you as we head into the new year.  Wishing all of our readers, friends, and family love, happiness, health & good cheer in 2014!

Ginger Infused Champagne

New Year’s 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 shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

(author unknown)

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