A new Bible, a new journal, a new page,
a new day, a new start, a new age —
So much newness! So much hope! Unspoken fear!
Can I really and truly change in this new year?
Growth has happened, progress made, but oh! how slow!
God prepares his people with patience — Yes, Lord, I know!
O God who looks down upon us and came among us, we ask your blessing upon our dearest family members and friends, and upon those who are far from us in distance and spirit, that you might be near, whatever comes. With you beside them, they will have nothing to fear. May their confidence in you be strong and unmixed with doubt. Permit that they, through your intimate words of Scripture, your ear close to their mouths, and your people surrounding them, keep before them your pure goodness and your infinite power, always working in them, through them, and above them, by the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
From yesterday’s Bible reading, I borrow Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, in order to make my own request to God for you. After all, no word, no prayer, is better than one from Scripture:
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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