Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Blessing

Dear All:  What a wonderful prayer to start off the new year with!   This is one that I will incorporate into my daily prayers as a continual reminder of God’s bounteous blessings and how I hope to live my life  -- heart at peace; mind open; will present; live with love, courage, trust, gratitude; speak and be the truth; find joy; be mindful if God’s indwelling; and God’s delight.

I hope this prayer will be meaningful for you as well.    Happy New Year and many blessings, George

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you. 

In the new year I do not wish for you
that God will bless you,
since God already intends
only the deepest blessings for you.

I don't wish that good things will happen to you,
since I don't know
what will most beautifully shape your soul—
in what losses you will receive grace,
in what challenges you will gain wisdom,
in what struggles you will become more truly yourself.
Instead I hope for you this blessing:
that your heart be at peace,
that your mind be open
and your will be lovingly present;
that you live each day this year with love, courage and beauty,
with gentleness, trust and gratitude.
that you speak and be the truth,
that you find joy and wonder in your life,
that you be deeply mindful
of God's indwelling presence,
God's deep delight in accompanying you
in every breath. 

May your work be fruitful,
your hope vibrant,
your voice clear,
and your friends faithful.

Whether you feel it or not,
deep blessing will be yours this year.
May you know it,
and rejoice.
Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve
Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light