Monday, January 01, 2007

A Prayer for the New Year

Father,

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.

Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

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Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.

A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.


- Edgar A. Guest

6 comments:

T-girl said...

Do I need this today or what? LOL I am not a big fan of New Years, it is just a bad day for me! LOL

queenb2u said...

Great message in the poem. Edgar Guest is one of my mom's favorites. She collected his poems from the newspaper and pasted them in a used book. It is one of the things I cherish. We look at the collection when we need a poem for an occasion. Thanks. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

now that is an awesome prayer/poem!

Frannie Farmer said...

T - I need this EVERY.SINGLE.DAY! It is one to be posted on the bathroom mirror ...
QB2U - I am glad that you liked it. I am sure that your mom was a wonderful lady - just like you!
Amy - Welcome to the funny farm. Well the writing isn't funny, but the people are :)

prunella jones said...

It's going to be an awesome year!

Swishy said...

I hope the new year is full of peace, love and all-around fantasticness for you!