One year I was invited to a different kind of New Year’s Eve party. … Following dinner, the host gave us a list of questions and invited us to take an hour of silence to reflect about the past year and our hopes for the year to come. We each found a cozy space in the home and entered into the reflections, sometimes using the questions and sometimes simply recalling experiences of the year.
The questions were along these lines: What was your greatest joy in the year? Do you have any regrets or things you would like to do over? How have you grown as a person, employee, neighbor, or church member? Did you find a scripture passage that became a guiding light for you this year? In the new year, is there a special inward or outward work you would like to accomplish?
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me wisdom to learn from the blessings, stresses, and sorrows of all that lies behind, and give me the strength and hope to press on to what lies ahead.
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