We'd a lovely, reflective walk this afternoon: a "Dock Walk" around Titanic Quarter with Chris Bennett and friends. At the end, Chris handed out a prayer - his prayer for the new year. It's published on his blog, but I cheekily reproduce it here as it has much to offer as we all step into the next 12 months of life.
Dear Lord, please give me
A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
A work to do which has real value,
without which the world would be the poorer;
A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
An understanding heart;
A sense of humour;
Time for quiet, silent meditation;
A feeling of the presence of God;
The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
With the wisdom to recognize them when they come.
I particularly like the idea (and phrasing) of "work to do which has real value, without which the world would be the poorer". That's a challenge and a half.
Happy New Year. May it be positive and peace-filled year I which you both experience and share warmth in the communities in which you work, rest and play.