It's tempting, Lord, to put my faith in your gifts, rather than in you alone...

Prayer for a New Year

It’s tempting, LORD, to put my faith
in your gifts
Rather than in you alone.

Good health enables early rising, satisfying productivity;
Strong legs:  a swift gait;
Clarity of thought:  a coherent paragraph;
An understanding friend:  the comfort of being known.

I wonder though,
Could I share the Story?
Advance the Kingdom?
Or even get out of bed tomorrow,
if all your gifts were swept away?
Everything but you?

Father of Lights who shines the way to Truth,
forgive my prone-to-wander heart
and reset its wavering compass
to True North.

Amen

 


Blessings to you in this fresh, new year,

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36 thoughts on “Prayer for a New Year”

  1. Thanks for this wonderful poem/prayer. I like what you said at the end: “Father of Lights who shines the way to Truth, forgive my prone-to-wander heart and reset its wavering compass to True North.” It’s easy for us to get distracted and lost, but God is our ultimate Navigator. Great metaphor you chose. Blessings!

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  2. mmm … yes, when our health goes south, when our friends leave for heavenly pastures, when all around our souls gives way … that’s when we find who we’re REALLY trusting in.

    Looking forward to doing 2020 alongside you, friend. Thank you for all the depths of wisdom you pour into my life. Bless you …

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  3. Amen! This is the first time that I’ve visited your site and I already know that I would enjoy sharing a cup of hot tea with you. Thank you for blessing my evening with this beautiful prayer.

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  4. Just beautiful Michele! Thank you for sharing with us at Farm Fresh Tuesdays each week!
    Your poem will be featured this week. Please stop by and say hi!
    Happy New Year! And God Bless,
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

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