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New Year

Happy New Year everyone, though I know that for many of us, this won’t be an easy time. Life can be very hard, but the New Year does offer us the chance to make a fresh start. That’s what today’s prayer is about, so I’m sending it out early, for the sake of those who are struggling.


I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).


New Year –

The time
To face our losses squarely;

To grieve,
In preparation to move on.

Then accept, adapt,
And give up all self-pity,

And do our best
To learn to live again.

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Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).


Lord God,

We all have
Negative emotions,

Such as sadness, anger,
Envy, fear and hate;

But self-pity is by far
The most corrosive,

And few can love
A “friend” who only takes.


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Why do we kick?


Why do we kick so hard
Against our suffering,
For life is full of sorrow
And distress?

Why do we find it hard
To face the fact
That we must all know sickness,
Loss, and death?

In theory, our upbringing
And experience
Should equip us to accept
What we must bear;

But for many of us
This is not what happens,
So we wallow in self-pity
And despair.

Please help us to give up
Our fond illusion
That bad things shouldn’t happen here
At all.

Then, may we turn to you
For strength and courage,
For you are great, Lord God,
Though we are small.


Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27; NIV).

March on with courage, my soul! (Judges 5:21; NLT).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

You are great (Jeremiah 10:6; NLT).

I am small (Psalm 119:141; NKJV).



Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying  (Romans 12:12; NLT).

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).


Please help me
To face my illness

Not with fear,
Or bitterness,

Or resentment,

Or frustration,

But with patient, calm acceptance –
And with you.