The year gone by

In prayer we look back at a year gone by.   There have been triumphs, sometimes disasters and often periods of quietness and inertia.   We have gained and possibly lost.    We have promised and fulfilled, promised and not fulfilled.    We have known moments of joy and moments of sadness.     Our year has been better or worse than any other.     Let us retain the precious memories of the year and then move on to the coming year.    

In the coming year may we be bold and adventurous in our thinking.     Look forward with enthusiasm, look forward with strength, feel armed by the experiences of the past.    Make plans and set targets.      Feel the strength in your heart that faith brings.    Let us bless our families and our friends.   Let us bless this community we belong to.   In the coming year, may we each be a beacon of peace and love that gives hope to all.  Amen

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