This morning as I was having my time of morning prayer, my prayer book contained this prayer for the day…

“Praise to you, Father everlasting. You open your hand and fill all creatures with blessing.  Listen to these petitions as we say, Lord, make haste to help us.  For the end of hatred and distrust among Christians. For the renewal of our service in the Church. For the enrichment of our sacred reading and private prayer. For the healing of broken relationships. For the rule of justice and peace. For the relief of hunger and disease. Lord, make haste to help us (Benedictine Daily Prayer; A Short Breviary, 933).”

This is not just my prayer for January 3rd, 2018, but this will be my prayer for 2018.  Will you join me in praying this for us here at Gardens, for the Universal Church, and for our global community?  What other New Year’s prayers has the Holy Spirit put in your heart?

Peace +++