New Year’s Prayer


May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

Irish Blessing

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  1. God give us strength to resist the onslaught of the waves, and not deviate from the fraternal assistance to needy brother, a smooth sailing of the hand of God.

  2. AMEN! Thank you, Jonie. I love this blessing, and I’m taking on board for myself as I’m sure everyone else who reads it will 🙂 LOVE YOU, MY SIS!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. A wonderful Irish blessing, such wonderful words.A new year lies ahead of us,so I wish you all the best dear friend..bless you and take care.

  4. wow…this is indeed a great one…i couldn’t have said it better…it’s funny Jonie because whether you know it or not you are right there to help sturdy the path…I thank you…

  5. Such wisdom and may we be able to revert back to it when the valleys are deep. Thanks for the wisdom you share with us. I pray that 2011 holds only the very best of what He wants you to have blessings to you.

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