Theology

Prayers for the New Year

I was reading an old prayer book when I discovered this:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

I decided to make this one of my primary prayers for 2019. Perhaps you can think about this prayer, too.

When your book is rejected:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

When someone lets you down:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

When you feel overwhelmed:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

When you struggle with failure:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

When you struggle with success:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

When everything is going well, as I hope will be your blessing in 2019 and beyond:

My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more.

May all of us love God more and more with each passing day.

Happy New Year.

 

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