A New Year’s Prayer

A New Year’s Prayer January 24, 2014

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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