Another year has turned its page,…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
~ Peter F. Drucker

Another year has turned its page, O Lord.

We feel promises about to be fulfilled,
hopes that may be realized,
And sorrows unknown – that may become ours to bear.

All of this, we carry into a New Year.

We declare at the doorway into this year, that our trust is not
In any man or woman to fulfill us,

Nor is our trust in circumstance,
Or a belief that the days ahead will be easy.

We do not expect, in this New Year, for our every prayer
To be answered in a way we would like.
You are in control, and we release our lives to you.

We put our trust in this:
That You who have been with us through this past year,
Immanuel,
Will be with us in this New Year.

It is in You, Immanuel, we trust.
If you go ahead of us, we will go;
if you go behind us, we will go.

If you will lead us in a cloud by day,and if you will
Light the night and its shadows with Your fire,
we will faithfully follow.

This is our prayer: In all things that happen this year we ask
That we would be aware of Your presence, O Lord.

In this walk that will always be by faith and not by sight,
Let us perceive Your nearness.

We will stumble and fall,
and we will also succeed and triumph.
We will laugh, and we will also weep.

But in those moments in which we cannot sense You near,
Let us see with the eyes of faith
the marks of Your presence all around us,
Beneath us, carrying us boldly into Your future.

With You we walk, with confidence and trust,
into this New Year.

In Your Name we pray, living Lord Jesus,

Amen.

(‘With You We Walk’ by Dan Wilt)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

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Almighty God, who hast given us…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

In seeking wisdom thou art wise;
in imagining that thou hast attained it –
thou art a fool.
~ Lord Chesterfield

Almighty God, who hast given us thy only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made thy children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end.
Amen

(from Book of Common Prayer, Church of England)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Jesus, the Light of the World,…

The celebration of Kwanzaa continues today.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings,
all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.
~ Bing Crosby

Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving.
Amen.

(from Prayer and Prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

Glory to You, O Christ… [Kwanzaa]

The African-American festival of Kwanzaa continues today.

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.
~ Caroline Kennedy

Glory to You, O Christ our God, glory to You!

May Christ our True God, whose Nativity we celebrate, through the intercessions of His holy and pure Mother, through the power of the life-giving Cross, through the protection of the Angelic Powers, through the prayers of St. John the Baptist, the supplications of the Holy Apostles, Martyrs, Fathers and Mothers of our Faith, and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us.

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God have mercy on us and save us.

(Orthodox Christmas prayer 1)

1 The majority of Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Just as is the will… [Zartosht No-Diso]

Today is the Zoroastrian remembrance of the death of the Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster) and the Christian Feast of Saint Stephen, first Christian martyr. The African-American festival of Kwanzaa begins today.

Christmas, children, is not a date.
It is a state of mind.
~ Mary Ellen Chase

Yatha Ahu Vairyo

Just as is the will of the lord God so too is that of the spiritual leader owing to his righteousness. The gifts of good mind are for those who work in this world and wield in accord with the will of Ahura Mazda. The kingdom of Ahura’s heaven is for him, who renders succour to the poor.

(Zoroastrian Gathic hymn1)

1 Considered the most sacred of the Gathic hymns of the Avesta, the revered texts of Zoroastrianism.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Lord, in this holy season… [Christmas]

Today is the holiday of Christmas for western Christian traditions. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Soyala continues today.

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart.
~ Washington Irving

Lord, in this holy season of prayer and song and laughter, we praise you for the great wonders you have sent us: for shining star and angel’s song, for infant’s cry in lowly manger. We praise you for the Word made flesh in a little Child. We behold his glory, and are bathed in its radiance.

Be with us as we sing the ironies of Christmas, the incomprehensible comprehended, the poetry made hard fact, the helpless Babe who cracks the world asunder. We kneel before you shepherds, innkeepers, wise men. Help us to rise bigger than we are. Amen.

(Source: Xavier University website)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Loving God, Help us remember…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Soyala continues today.

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart.
~ Washington Irving

Christmas Eve Prayer

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.

Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake.
Amen.

(Robert Louis Stevenson)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)