Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for this New Year and for your great Mercy which is always ready to give me a fresh start. Lord, you make all things new and I ask you for your healing presence in my life in this coming year! I'm so happy to have the chance to start again. Thank you for carrying me through this past year and for always being by my side. I look forward to all the wonderful things you have in store for me.
I know your Mercy is great that every day is a chance to start fresh. You are always ready, willing, and able to forgive us our sins and bring us into a new life. I ask for this new life now.
I ask to be made a new creation in your Son, Jesus Christ. I want to become the person you created me to be! I will need your help. Please make ways for me where there are no ways. Please build bridges and remove obstacles, and make my path straight. Give me strength and peace as I journey on with you toward a bright future.
I ask for the grace to let go and put the past back where it belongs. I pray for the grace not to carry the old baggage into the new year, and to place my future into your care. I pray for you to pour out your healing love in every area of my life. I ask for your help to truly live my life in You, with You, through You and for You.
Help me to move forward in your Love for me. Please help me to respond to the action of your Holy Spirit within me. Help me to come to know you in a deeper and more meaningful way, and to Trust you again with my whole heart. Help me to make a serious commitment to you my God and to put you first in my life, to make you the center of my life, to make you "my all".
Finally, Thank you for sending your Son into the world and into our hearts. Thank you for your unfailing love. I know that you are Good, and Loving, and that you are always with me. I ask for your blessing on this New Year. Please bless and protect my family and everyone near and dear to me. Please guide us all into the Light of your Truth, and help us to walk day by day, step by step, in Your direction.
May the Peace of Christ remain with us all year long, and may we grow in love and faith in a New Way, starting Today. In Jesus' beautiful name. Amen.
Happy New Year!
Scripture: “So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger” (Luke 2:16).
Reflection: What was this experience like for Joseph? Could you imagine being the one responsible for raising God? Mary and Joseph were chosen by The Father to parent Jesus. Joseph must have had very strong faith.
In quiet obedience, Joseph carried out God’s plan. He shows us that faith doesn’t have to be loud, it has to be real. There is strength in calmness. There isn’t very much about Joseph in the Bible, but His presence with Mary by the manger speaks volumes. We are called to follow His example.
Questions: Do I just talk about my faith, or do I live it? Am I willing to quietly get things done for God without taking the credit? Do I try to impress people? Am I a good example to others?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for choosing Joseph and Mary. Help me to follow their example of quiet and faithful obedience to you. They trusted in your plan of salvation. Please help me to trust you too. Help me to fulfill your plan for my life, accepting my role, whether I get recognized for it or not. Help me to do your Will simply and quietly. May others see you in me by my actions, which always speak louder than words. Help me to be more like Joseph and Mary as I grow in my spiritual life this Christmas Season, and always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you.
New Way Today
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