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.
New Year’s Prayer
for this coming year just one request I bring. I do not pray for happiness or any earthly thing.
I do not ask to understand the way you lead me
But this I ask—
teach me to do the thing that pleases You.
I want to know Your guiding voice,
to walk with you each day. Heavenly Father,
make me swift to hear and ready to obey.
And thus the year I now begin
a happy year will be, If I am seeking just to do
the thing that pleases You.