TODAY'S THEME: The New Year
    
                        
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POMEGRANITE by Nan Rae
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Prayer for the New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.

Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.


A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
English-born American poet


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MAGNOLIAS by Nan Rae
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Reader Jeanne Peterson wrote the following in response to
December 28th's subject: Ways to Love Courageously

She offers valuable thoughts to contemplate in the new year.

"This morning's Religion Network reminded me of my mother. She would
tell us girls (my two sisters and me) that just when we were angry is when
we needed to feed love. Mother would tell us that love is a living thing. If
we did not feed it, it would die. When we were angry with our mates
or other people is when it was the hardest to feed love. And yes,
love sometimes does mean having to say we are sorry.
"

And now, the Last Word:

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day of the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  (1803-1882)
American poet and leader of Transcendentalist movement

 

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Bonus quote:


Every person has a particular way of serving God.
The most beautiful kind of service is the one God gives you.

Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs
From "Finding God in a Tangled World"


 


On today's
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Edgar Guest;
Jeanne Peterson;
Robert Louis
Stevenson

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