A New Year’s Prayer

We still get to talk about the New Year until the end of January, right?

Okay, good. In Art House America, Jessica Brown wrote about a prayer for the new year:

Twelve years ago in the little gift shop of St. Mary’s church in Oxford, I found a tray of laminated prayer cards. Assuming “An Ancient Country Prayer” would be about sun and harvest, I was surprised and delighted to read the first line:

Give me good digestion, Lord, and also something to digest . . .

I pounced on it happily — here was a prayer I could relate to. I would not know then, as I drew out my coins, that this prayer card would go with me for the next years to other countries, into married life, into motherhood. But as I read the card on the cobblestone street outside the shop, I might not have been surprised to hear it. From that first reading, the prayer shone as one that wears well.

You can read the whole thing. Do you have a prayer for the new year?


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