Howard Thurman, A Prayer For The New Year

Grant that I may pass through

the coming year with a faithful heart.

There will be much to test me and

make weak my strength before the year ends.

In my confusion I shall often say the word that is not true and do the thing of which I am ashamed.

There will be errors in the mind

and great inaccuracies of judgment…

In seeking the light,

I shall again and again find myself

walking in the darkness.

I shall mistake my light for Your light

and I shall drink from the responsibility of the choice I make.

Nevertheless, grant that I may pass through the coming year with a faithful heart.

May I never give the approval of my heart to error, to falseness, to vanity, to sin.

Though my days be marked

with failures, stumblings, fallings,

let my spirit be free

so that You may take it

and redeem my moments

in all the ways my needs reveal.

Give me the quiet assurance

of Your Love and Presence.

Grant that I may pass through

the coming year with a faithful heart.

(Meditations Of The Heart)

Published by minervasperch

All offerings by R. Divya Nair

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