Prayer for a Year of Blessings …

Sometimes I need
only to stand
wherever I am
to be blessed.
― Mary Oliver from “It Was Early” in Evidence

May this [year]
be a [year] of blessings:
blessings of goodness,
blessings of joy,
peace and kindness,
friendship and love,
creativity, strength,
serenity,
fulfilling work
and dignity,
satisfaction, success,
and sustenance,
physical health
and radiance.

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The Work Of Christmas (New Years Meditation) …

“The light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 5) I love the confident note of hope this verse sounds. On the one hand, it is the declaration of a state of fact: light is stronger than darkness. At the same time, it is also a promise: even when it seems otherwise – and even the briefest scan of the headlines can make it seem otherwise – yet the light continues to shine and the darkness has neither overcome nor understood it …  Continue reading “The Work Of Christmas (New Years Meditation) …”