A New Year’s Prayer by Anonymous
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.
We ask for your prayers as we continue to grow our mission and outreach in north Minneapolis by inviting more Sisters into our Monastery, more Visitation Companions into our lay program, and launch a new year of service volunteer opportunity.
What are you praying for in 2011? Please share your prayers and hopes in the comments section so that we may add them to our prayers and intentions in this new year, for we do not walk alone but in community with one another. This gift of prayer is something the Sisters of Visitation and those in community with them wish to offer each of you. We await your intentions.