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These are the words of the benediction I often use at the first service of the new calendar year. I hope you will love them as I do:
I wish for you a troubled heart at times
As woes of world and friend come close beside
And keep you sleepless.
I wish for you the thrill of knowing
Who you are,
Where you stand,
Not prosperity, but dreams I wish for you;
Not riches, but a sense of your own worth I wish
Not even long life, however grateful we’d be
to have it so.
But life that is crammed with living,
Hour by hour.
And love I wish for you;
May you give it frequently.
I wish for you solitude in the midst of company,
And a mind full of company within your quiet times.
Full todays I wish for you, and full tomorrows.
Charles Stephen, Jr. from “The Gift of the Ordinary”
Happy new year, church. May it be a good one full of loving and learning, giving deeply of ourselves and receiving in kind, and, in the words of A. Powell Davies, “growing our souls to stretch beyond their littleness.” May your resolutions be good and worthy ones.
In faith, hope and love,
~ Rev. Vicki