A New Year’s Prayer



A New Year’s Prayer

By Stephen A. Macchia

Throughout the New Year 2018, may the Lord grant you the courage and strength to…

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And, may the Lord bless and protect you,

may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you;

may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace,

and may you open-heartedly receive and open-handedly offer to all who cross your path the loving gift of friendship and grace,

granted generously to you from the Triune God, the Almighty Father, the Beloved Son Jesus, and the Empowering Holy Spirit,

throughout each day of 2018 and forevermore. Amen.


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